Many parents, students, and teachers have asked, "What can be done about the political bullying in our public education system?" Short of an injection of common sense, which seems to be a little too uncommon these days, school administrators should be scrutinizing what is going on in the classroom. However, the same parents, students, and teachers report that administrative oversight is a big part of the problem.
Will Flanders (2019) writing for The Federalist reports, "The Cato Institute tracks the cultural conflicts that regularly occur in American schools, and according to their research, the nation is dotted with incidents where a family’s values may not align with those embraced in their child’s assigned public school. This is hardly surprising when surveys of teachers have found the profession to be one of the most liberal in the country." This is a problem in a day and age when parents are told that critical thinking skills are what public education is all about. That does not align with the reality of indoctrination v. education.
While some teachers may claim they have a First Amendment Right to say what they please in the classroom, Judge Wallace Tashima of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees. Judge Tashima ruled, “state limitations on school curricula that restrict a student’s access to materials otherwise available may be upheld only where they are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns—especially in a context such as this, where the local school board has already determined that the material at issue adds value to its local school curriculum. Granting wider discretion has the potential to substantially hinder a student’s ability to develop the individualized insight and experience needed to meaningfully exercise her rights of speech, press, and political freedom. Pico, 457 U.S. at 867,” (Tashima, 2015, Pg. 27, Pa.1). In short, teachers are not permitted to evangelize their personal political positions but must teach narrowly to the approved curriculum."
Political advocacy does not belong in the classroom.