Here is some background to contextualize the spirit of the first round of questions and dialog:

The classroom is not the world, but the classroom is its own world.

Perhaps you think of politics as a process used only to a select people of power who go to important meetings. In fact, politics is all around you. The governing of our bodies, the establishment and reinforcement of rules, displays of power–all of these concerns occur even in your own classroom. In past or present experiences at your school, where do you feel you have experienced imbalances of power, whether between teacher and student, administration and student, or between groups of students themselves?  How were these power imbalances symbolized?