Saturday, April 17, 2010

Random Post

So, I'm cleaning off my computer, and I found this blog post that I never posted. Thought it was interesting.

Again, with the student teaching experiences… Is it appropriate for a teacher to share their personal opinion as if it’s fact? Is it appropriate for a teacher to have political campaign posters dotting the room and stickers adorning their podium, all of which lean to one side of the margin, without any impartiality. As a teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to share information with students and let them decide for themselves which side they want to take. How would I feel as a student in a classroom where my politics diverge from the teacher’s but I don’t feel like I would be able to share that because the teacher’s politics are posted everywhere. And it’s not just in the one classroom, 4 out of the 8 social studies teachers have no qualms about posting political posters in the classroom or sharing their opinions as if they’re facts. It’s no wonder kids don’t have any desire to participate in democracy when they’ve had politics shoved down their throats for so many years. What happened to fairness and impartiality, how is it that these teachers get away with this? It’s enough to make me want to home school my children (this implies I want to have children sometime in my life, which I don’t, but were that to happen, you better believe they wouldn’t be attending this class I’m observing).

All of this is still true, honestly, it's one of the reasons I've chosen to go to Grad School instead of actively seeking a teaching job, there is just too much politics in schools, why do we play these games?

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