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The Role of 'Educators'

LeishaC Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:16 AM
I disagree that these subjects shouldn't be discussed, but teachers should strive to teach students to think for themselves. Teachers should not be agents of indoctrination, but guides to critical thinking. Sure, I would love for my students to become conservatives like me, but if I teach to that, I am as wrong as those who teach only liberalism. Students need to be exposed to many different schools of thought in order to learn to distinguish the valididty of various viewpoints.
YESWECAN Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:33 AM
You should teach the subject you are hired to teach. And that only. It is up to the parent to teach further.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:26 AM
Leisha,

In what school have you met teachers who say, "I'm just going to teach these students what I believe. Who cares about critically thinking for yourself?" The fact is, basically every teacher strives to achieve the above. The fact that some fail in the endeavor is unfortunate, but not some great conspiracy or overall condemnation of the educational system.

In every public school I have ever attended we had teachers good and bad. But they all tried to get you to think for yourself. Keyword: tried.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...