#QuoteYourTeacher – “the bell doesn’t dismiss you . . . I do.” Umm, no. ✋ If it decides when I have to get here, it decides when I leave, too.
— High School Problems (@HighSkoolProbs) April 24, 2013
I’m sure whoever thought up #QuoteYourTeacher was intending to get tweets like “You have a test tomorrow.” As lame as this may sound to the average student, I took the hashtag trend as an opportunity to voice a real problem at school – the completely biased standpoint of many teachers. The classroom, for many students, resembles an intellectual war zone. Conservative students often face verbal abuse and personal attacks by teachers who don’t agree with their politics. But teachers know everything, right?
Because creating economic turmoil always warrants praise. At least, in the case of the president, it earns you a Nobel Peace Prize. Well, teachers at least believe in what they are teaching.
This insight comes from none other than a government teacher. Yes, nothing motivates students to learn more than a teacher saying the subject he teaches doesn’t even matter. Some teachers let their opinions trump facts. They will only teach what fits in their political agenda. So that pretty much limits lessons to “Bush’s Fault 101” and global warming. School ought to be a place where students can safely develop their own opinions. This, however, is not possible when students across the country are being force-fed propaganda from the far left. Just look at this homework given to a middle school class.
If that’s not indoctrination, I don’t know what is. Students will never be able to develop their own ideas about politics as long as their personal beliefs are under attack.
My teacher, knowing about my involvement in the Tea Party, called these people “elitists” and accused them of not caring about the poor. I was left speechless. Arguing with a teacher is viewed as disrespectful. How can students defend themselves in a classroom without getting in trouble? Maybe the better question is, why should they have to even worry about defending themselves? Teachers should encourage students to develop independent opinions – regardless of their own political beliefs. If a student is interested in the conservative movement, teachers should praise them for even caring about politics. Maybe teachers today could take a lesson from those in the past. Back when teachers cared more about students than they did about being politically correct. Back when a classroom was for learning, not attacks. Back when a teacher’s primary job was to aid and inspire, not accuse and berate. Like these teachers:
#QuoteYourTeacher “If you don’t become a writer, you’ll be wasting a God-given talent and your life.” I didn’t write . . . & she was right.
— Keith Mac (@Macs_Wax) April 24, 2013
#QuoteYourTeacher“Whatever you do, protect yourself by whatever means necessary.” — my 10th/11th grade English teacher.
— Ashley Lynn (@AshuhLeee_Lynn) April 24, 2013