Letter: Shame on teachers who talk politics in class

Jan 25, 2017

When I was growing up, I do not remember any teachers discussing their political views in class. In fact, even my parents kept their views to themselves.

Every once in awhile they would let an opinion on a candidate slip out and I would quickly jump on that train and agree even though I knew nothing about what they had said. My dad once called me out and asked why I was agreeing. I didn’t have an answer.

My dad used those moments to teach me to form my own opinion by studying the candidates rather then simply agreeing with the opinions of others. He would tell me that what he wanted from a candidate may not be what I wanted, and if democracy was going to work I needed to have my own educated opinion. I have adopted those lessons and taught them to my children.

Throughout this last presidential campaign, I heard that some teachers have taken the liberty to discuss their positions with their students. I have also heard that when a student challenged the teacher’s opinion, they were told the topic was not open for discussion.

Eight years ago, when my daughter was in sixth grade, her teacher had them watch the inauguration in class. Afterward, the teacher held a party and had the kids take photos with an Obama cutout.

This year, I heard teachers in our school district refused to show the inauguration out of protest of our 45th president.

To the superintendent of the Mukilteo School District: These are young, impressionable children who are being influenced by false information on social media and one-sided discussions from teachers. Protesting the inauguration is teaching these young kids to be divided rather then united as a nation.

I am saddened that teachers have deprived students of the opportunity to see possibly their very first inauguration. As a parent, I am not happy with the contradictory behaviors of teachers and district leaders.

Those teachers who chose to protest the inauguration should be ashamed. You had a fantastic opportunity to teach these children how blessed we are to live in a country where democracy works, where individual opinions are heard and how fortunate we are to witness the peaceful transition of power. As teachers, you missed a very teachable opportunity. To those teachers that showed the inauguration in your class: kudos to you.


Jenny Eglian
Comments (1)
Posted by: Fred Taylor | Jan 26, 2017 13:43

Thank you for your excellent letter. There's no excuse for teachers to show such bias against the duly-elected President of the United States while doing their very important work. These kinds of attitudes, words and actions turn the public school into the government propaganda machine that people cite as the number-one reason they don't want their kids in public school. Who can blame them?


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