Politics and Education


If you want to teach students to think, you have to challenge them—challenge their beliefs and assumptions. Confirming what they (or their parents, or their communities) already believe does not serve that purpose. You also need to teach students to be honest with themselves and to examine their own beliefs by standards outside of their past experiences. This requires that the teacher be challenging her own beliefs, and that he be far enough from the mainstream to look at it quizzically. For this reason, if for no other (and there are plenty of others), it is ridiculous to complain about teachers whose political leanings are out of step with your own, to feel they are going to corrupt your children or to argue that teachers, as a whole, should reflect the political divisions of the population at large.

At the Conservative Political Action conference this week, a workshop was held

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