Should Teachers Offer Up Their Politics In The Classroom?

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Teaching current events in the age of Donald Trump has become fraught with peril for some educators who have interjected their personal political beliefs into the classroom.

A New York City teacher was warned over a homework question critical of Trump. An Alabama district fielded complaints for a teacher’s “Obama, you’re fired!” caption under a Trump display. And video caught a Texas art teacher shooting a squirt gun at an image of Trump, and yelling, “die!”

Is it ever OK for teachers to offer up their viewpoints?

It’s become a debate among educators at a time when students have become energized by classroom discussions of such hot-button issues as immigration and racial justice.

Education experts say teachers should be careful not to shape their students’ beliefs for them.

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  1. I think Teachers should have free speech — but at the same time Public schools shouldn’t be pushing liberal religious beliefs on children, or punishing children for free speech. I think Students and Teachers should have a little window for talking about current events.

  2. Teachers may offer the broad scope of politics, but not to push their own personal views on students. The students can make up their own mind without brainwashing.

  3. Your job is to teach subject matter, not spread your personal political ideologies. Do your jobs or find something else to do.

    1. Dan Larson says:

      John LaVasseur is exactly right. Our school kids are not learning enough of reading, writing and arithmatic. Just look at the test results. Teach your subject. That is what you are getting paid to do. Taxpayers are NOT paying teachers to preach their own politics in class. Let the parents be in charge of that. If teachers can’t or won’t stick to doing your job, then they should be fired or, at least. suspended without pay.

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