My 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?