It would be a lot to ask of teachers that they become apolitical beings upon walking in the front doors of their schools; that they keep their personal opinions to themselves in service to the impressionable young minds entrusted to their professional care. But that is exactly what we parents must ask of our teachers, and more vocally than ever before. The classroom podium is not a bully pulpit from which to decree one’s political point of view as fact.
The instructor in question should have applauded his student for using his time to read the news – ANY news – and if he believed a teachable moment existed, may have encouraged the lad to read similar stories on the same topic from a number of competing web sites to see what differences in tone or presentation the student might have discovered.
That’s what a good teacher might have done, but clearly, that’s not the sort who was on duty in this particular classroom last week.