How do you handle educational chatter? Politicians, bureaucracy, rhetoric...I just can't always deal with it. When I was working, I mostly kept my head down and kept my attention on the kids & my lessons. Now I hear all that hot air, and I have a harder time grappling with it. Mostly I try to ignore it (as healthy as that may be). Because if I think about it too much, I get absolutely distraught and wonder whether I really do want to return to the mainstream HS classroom. I despair over the state of education, and I begin brainstorming ways to "have my cake & eat it too" when it comes to possible teaching positions.
How do you deal with it?