2nd Amendment Politics in the Classroom

Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 8.28.21 PMMy daughter comes from home from school almost everyday with stories from two or three of her teachers.  These teachers are leading the AP Classes and Honors Classes she is taking in her junior year of High School.  We actually live in a conservative part of California and in a town with a high population of 2nd Amendment supporters. Still, I am finding out that not everyone here feels the same about the 2nd Amendment as I do.  Basically, the brightest children at my daughter’s school spend hours in classrooms with teachers who blatantly discuss their opinion on given topics in the news without properly discussing the alternate side.  If any of the students begin to debate the other point of view, they are frequently told that the teacher is finished talking about it, or he simply tells them they are misguided.

Another well respected mother and blogger at the Bookwormroom.com who does more than her part to support the 2nd Amendment found herself in this situation. Her son came from from high school a couple days ago and shared with her two New York Times articles that his English teacher had distributed to the students.  One article was byElisabeth Rosenthal and the other by Nicholas Kristof.  Each advocates a significant increase in gun control.

Please click HERE to read the letter that she wrote in response, and wanted to send.

Listen to your children.  They learn so much from us, their parents, but they spend most of their waking hours with these teachers.  If we, as parents, complain, will we put a target on our children?  If we do not, will the situation get worse?

I would love to hear suggestions about how you would handle these situations without affecting your child’s grade.  Is there a way to bring fairness and ethics gently into a classroom that has gone astray?

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  1. Rob Belous says:

    As a former teacher and administrator you are justified in your frustration with teachers trying to pursuade students to their beliefs it is very common and illegal under the code of ethics in most states. I would recommend proposing to the teacher to use a debate with student arbiters to oversee topics that infringe on the rights of others. If that is unsuccessful file a complaint with the administration and then the board of education. We must stand up for our kids and our rights.

    • I am thrilled to hear the point of view from a teacher and administrator on this topic! I agree with you about the debates, that is a great idea and would force the students to research both sides to properly prepare.

      One of the three teachers does allow the kids to argue/debate with him a little bit… But, not in an organized fashion.

      I just visited your website and saw that you offer small group classes for ladies – thank you doing that!

  2. Glen R Cook says:

    My battle was Black History month and the Civil War. The teacher said the war was to end slavery. I showed her Horace Greely’s letter to Lincoln and Lincoln’s reply. The issue was settled because I had my documents with me when I went to battle the situation and told her I would ask my child the next day. The teacher read the letter’s in class. The teacher was black and I am white. She late sent me a thank you note. We had other discussions, but that was the first. I used just the facts. Another battle was the use of the atom bombs at the end of the war.

    • Glen,

      Very well done, and I have to give the teachers her due as well. Once she was shown facts she may not have known, or may have forgotten, she did the right thing.

      Thank you for taking the time to open a teachers mind, and to keep them based on fact!

  3. Old NFO says:

    Yep, facts always help, but there are those who will totally ignore facts that don’t fit their agendas… And the gun debate is one of those…

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