The Simple Reason the Left Won’t Stop Losing is the headline of a NY Times column by David Leonhardt.

It’s pretty simplistic, and omits some important points, but it’s main message is an important one that progressives – and everyone else – needs to hear.

It’s important to be able to compromise.

During my nineteen year career as a community organizer, that was always our practical goal, and which was one of the main reasons we were able to get a lot of important improvements to community life.

Of course, we also have to keep in mind the old organizer adage: “A good compromise is half a loaf, not half a baby.”

That goes along with another organizer adage: “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be effective?”

I’ve tried to apply these perspectives to working with my educator colleagues and with my students, as well as to teach them in lessons (and incorporate them into classroom management).

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