Saturday, November 26

Teacher investigated for liberalism in quiz

In Bennington, VT, a teacher is being investigated for some of his quiz questions:
...the school superintendent whose district includes Mount Anthony Union High School has labeled "inappropriate" and "irresponsible" an English teacher's use of liberal statements in a vocabulary quiz.

"I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once during a speech, but there are theories that his everyday diction charms the below-average mind, hence insuring him Republican votes," said one question on a quiz...
Now here's the thing: I don't think that's an appropriate question. I think teachers should feel free to express their political views, as long as they don't coerce their students about views of their own. But I also think that this is a manufactured issue, and that for CNN to have picked it up is ridiculous. This is an internal matter, and I have seen teachers do this sort of thing (interject their own opinion into quiz material) in a lot of classes I've taken over the years. It's not a specifically liberal or conservative thing to do, and I don't think we really want to go down the road of pre-approving all material which comes from a teacher with a strong political viewpoint.

1 comment:

carey in ca said...

I was going to link to this, too. I don't think it is appropriate for teachers to express their political beliefs in that manner. One of the things I am teaching at the moment is US Government and it is my daily hardship to keep my opinions out of it, but I tend to accomplish that task.

If the teacher were to comment equally on each party it would be a different case altogether.