It’s election season again, and I know from recent experiences that many of my teachers would love to discuss how they feel about the election and…

It’s election season again, and I know from recent experiences that many of my teachers would love to discuss how they feel about the election and talk about their political views in general during class. However, many school boards in the nation have discouraged or altogether prohibited teachers from discussing their political biases.   Even with that kind of official discouragement, several teachers at my school still somehow, implicitly or otherwise, discuss their political biases. Everyone has their own biases, but presenting political biases in the classroom isn’t always appropriate, especially when teachers let their political leanings run how they teach a class.   I mean, I can see how a teacher’s political beliefs might be something they discuss in say, a social studies class, but if they’re teaching other subjects—come on now. Leave your party affiliations and whatnot out of your lecture about derivatives or religious imagery in some poem…   Teachers: If you want us to be independent thinkers, don’t indoctrinate us with your beliefs. Let us decide whether or not we should be liberal, conservative, moderate or even authoritarian. Sure, there will always be people whose views influence that of our own, but please…we’ll never learn to think for ourselves if you keep shooting down our ideas without pausing to see if they’re plausible. – Allyson

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