What Is Politics?

Authored by Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
Published by Hachette

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What Is Politics? Why Should We Care? And Other Big Questions.

Empowering and enlightening. And that’s just for me as a teacher.

What is Politics? is part of a series of books that ask the big questions. I have What is Humanism? as part of my collection because it is a brave but conscientiously informative book about something very abstract. The same can be said for What is Politics?

This book makes it very clear how politics is part of our everyday. From large organisations to the smallest of choices, politics is woven into the fabric of our society.

Most of the chapters are questions. I love this. Before you start reading, you have the opportunity to discuss the big ideas – What is politics? Is it possible to have no politics? Insightful questions that lend themselves to in-depth conversations about a profound subject.

Throughout the book, the My Experiences chapters are brilliant. They give the reader a very human – an authentic experience – which makes the abstract concept a lot more relatable.

This book covers a range of threads – social, societal, personal and historical – that all weave into the subject that is politics:

  • Use of language
  • NHS
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Suffragettes
  • Martin Luther King.

This book lends itself to Citizenship and Personal Development. Most suited to junior readers, I think, however, this book could be used from Y2 upwards, to introduce and deepen understanding of how politics flows through everyone’s lives.

This was a very illuminating read. Used in a careful and considered way, a sensitive teacher could share this book with almost any age group.