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Go VOTE!!

Coming up very soon is the next general election in the state of Oklahoma so lets take a few minutes and talk about how important it is to have the right to vote.

In several countries around the world, people get to “choose” who their leaders will be.  Some of these elections are shams or so corrupted that no actual “election” occurs – the powers that exist maintain those powers.

These countries, for the most part, are countries that I have no desire to live in.  They have poor infrastructure.  There is generally a lot of government waste or corruption.  Free public education is not easy and in some cases not accessible.

When people do congregate together to protest an important issue – they are dealt with in a very heavy handed way.  Ways that most United States citizens are appalled to see on our news channels.  Ways that make us say “I am glad I don’t live there.”

Admittedly, we have many of these same issues in the United States – but with a very big difference.  Every two years, without violence, without civil war breaking out (except for once), without people having to barricade themselves in their homes and pray for deliverance, we have free elections.

Now, as amazing as this is (the right to vote for free), 57.5% of eligible voters voted in the last presidential election.  Think about this for a second – greatest democracy since the Roman Empire, and we do not even have a super-majority of people who voted.  If all of those non-voters had voted for me it would be so long President Obama and I would be in the middle of my 1st term dealing with a congress that cannot figure out how to make 1+1=2 without the most intense and un-useful bickering.

I know Oklahoma, bastion of conservatism, redder than red (except when wearing America’s Brightest Orange), population of 3.851 million folks, does not seem like a political hotbed.  But just go ahead and turn on the television for a few minutes and see what you think.

Hey guess what?  That is where you come in as a registered voter.  You don’t like how the person representing you votes for certain items?  Vote for their opponent.  They get two years, then the election cycle repeats itself.  If you feel like the current governor does not represent your views, vote for the challenger.  Love what the current governor is doing, give them your vote.  Its just that simple.  Its just that important.  Its YOUR right as a UNITED STATES CITIZEN to vote!

I would love to see what would happen if the people who didn’t vote, just wrote my name down: Scott Haselwood (notice there is no Z in my last name, we are not related to this guy).  Maybe I can be the next guv’nr!

Stay tuned – my next post gives my views on education for this election…

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About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

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