The U.K. is investigating a possible ban of members of the far-right British National Party from working as school teachers. Taiwan is reportedly considering a ban on public school teachers from participating in political activities. And the issue of schools and politics was an issue in the U.S. in the lead-up to the presidential election.
How do you feel about your child’s teacher expressing political views, or being a member of a political party?
Some teachers are worried that the views of some political parties are “fundamentally inconsistent” with the ethos of schools and should therefore not be allowed to teach.
But on the other hand, this blogger wonders whether we should be “encouraging children to hear a wider range of views, in the hope that it will encourage them to start thinking about their own views”?
And this blogger says “What they (teachers) do in their own time has nothing to do with the neutral stance they take in the classroom.”
Would you like to know the political activities of your child’s teacher? Does it matter to you?