In today’s highly polarized political climate, teachers around the country are weighing the merits and potential fallout of engaging in politically-charged class discussions.
Educators Express Their Political Opinions in Classroom
The question of whether or not one’s political views should be expressed in the classroom has always been a complicated one for educators. However, in a time when everything seems to be politicized, the question is being raised far more often.
For the most part, administrators remain adamant on the fact that educators need to keep a line of neutrality when discussing politics in the classroom. Interestingly enough, students seem to think otherwise.
“Why shouldn’t a teacher be able to vocalize their opinion?” Niagara Falls High School student Santino Cafarella, 18, asked after his government class this past week, According to Carolyn Thompson’s Report for the Associated Press. “We’re in high school at this point. We should be able to discover our own viewpoints.”Another student backed up this sentiment, adding that as long as the educator in no way tries to influence the student’s opinion, they should be allowed to share their views.
That statement speaks to a fear among teachers that parents and administrators will see any political discussion as an educator forcing their opinions on students.