School Is Not a Place for Politics.
School is a place to teach and learn new education skills or topics, it’s not a place for politics. Especially in middle school or elementary school kids are very vulnerable and believe everything they see or hear especially if it’s said by someone they’re supposed to trust. Teachers should be able to teach what each side supports and what they stand for, as long they are not biased towards a side.
While some kids might agree with their politics, others who don’t could get offended and this would hurt their learning environment. Furthermore, even if they do not get offended, it is not the teacher’s job to directly influence a student’s political views. They can only give facts and information. If this was allowed then there would be many arguments against students and teachers since many people are very passionate about their political beliefs and this of course would waste class time and create drama. This is the complete opposite of an effective working environment which is not what we need.
Although freedom of speech is extremely important, it’s evident it gets muted when we attend school, at least for students and teachers should be treated with the same regard. Many teachers bring their opinion into their classrooms and that’s not new or avoidable but it’s wrong … When opinion is being brought in it stirs the pot and doesn’t allow for much mental freedom. When looking at the bigger picture, is it worth distracting students or staff from the scheduled day at school for a problematic debate on something they will never agree on? This is a distraction and I’ve yet to see why it is so important to walk around with political speech on your clothing. After all, hate, and inappropriate speech is banned from most school due to it being problematic and a distraction so why wouldn’t political speech be in the same category if it has a similar result?
I think that we all have the right to express our own beliefs no matter what you believe in so long as it isn’t hateful. But I also believe in the statement “If even one kid said ‘I am afraid of that symbol,’ isn’t that enough?” that we saw in the article … I just feel that these things are topics that would make us the students uncomfortable if we were to hear a teacher talking about.
Some Symbols Should Be Allowed; Others Should Not.
Educationally speaking, professors should never push their beliefs onto students since their role is to guide and not influence; nonetheless, that doesn’t mean they must never reveal their political views. My opinion is stained by my hypocrisy, as I would find it acceptable for a teacher to wear a BLM shirt but not an ALM one since, from my perspective, it only serves to spread hate. However, what I stated was my opinion, and different people find different things harmful.
Schools should promote unity, friendship, and love towards all. Teachers are shaping the future of America and that should reflect the goals of the United States Constitution, a plan of unity. That being said, any propaganda that promotes love and equality: such as a black lives matter shirt, or an LGBTQAI+ flag should be allowed. Anything with any and all connotation towards hatred or supremacy over another group needs to be forbidden.
Human rights are not political, no matter how many people think they are. For example, women’s rights, gay rights, black rights, and the rights of any other person of a minority (since majority rights are never infringed or have been fought for). My math teacher, Mr. Slotnick has a gay pride flag and a BLM poster in his room. He is not advocating for a specific political party or idea, although one party may have more united approval for one party over the other). Agreeing or disagreeing with minority rights does not mean you disagree politically, it just means you discriminate against minorities. However, some ideas (flags, messages, etc.) have become a topic for political speech. The American flag with the blue line in the middle used to not be political, but it is now used as a counter-protest to Black Lives Matter. Both support groups individually are not political, but when pitched against each other do create political tension and controversy.