10 Teachers of the Year say they can’t remain neutral in this presidential election

In an open letter published in the Washington Post, 10 former state and national Teachers of the Year say they are so concerned about the impact of Donald Trump’s comments on school children that they cannot remain neutral in this presidential election. They wrote, in part:

“We are teachers. We are supposed to remain politically neutral. For valid reasons, we don’t want to offend our students, colleagues or community members. But there are times when a moral imperative outweighs traditional social norms. There are times when silence is the voice of complicity. This year’s presidential election is one such time. …

“We believe that Donald Trump is a danger to our society in general and to our students in particular. His words and actions have shown a consistent disdain for human dignity. His behavior goes against everything we teach the children in our care. …

“We teach children that the content of their character, not the color of their skin, determines their worth. Donald Trump has attacked Latinos, Muslims, and African-Americans. …

“Children are watching. They are listening. They are learning from the example we set as their parents and teachers—not only from what we say and do, but from what we accept when it comes to the words and actions of others. We have to show them that hatred, sexism, racism, disrespect, and threats of physical violence are not okay. They’re unacceptable at any age — for a kindergartener, a high school student, or a presidential candidate.”

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Teachers are expected to remain politically neutral. These Teachers of the Year say they can’t.

Teachers are often expected to remain politically neutral in class, not letting their students know which candidate they support or where they stand on controversial issues. Part of the thinking behind this position is that students could be insulted or intimidated from expressing contrary thoughts.

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10 Teachers of the Year say they can’t remain neutral in this presidential election

In an open letter published in the Washington Post, 10 former state and national Teachers of the Year say they are so concerned about the impact of Donald Trump’s comments on school children that they cannot remain neutral in this presidential election. They wrote, in part: ‘Children are watching. T…