Controversial issues are the third rail in education

Unlike college professors, K-12 teachers lack academic freedom.  As a result, they’ve never been able to address controversial issues.  But today they’re even more reluctant to do so – and for good reason (“Educators Are Deeply Conflicted on Teaching Heated Cultural Issues, Survey Finds,” Education Week,Nov. 2).

There are so many topics today that can get them into hot water.  Yet I wonder how we can ever expect students to develop critical thinking if their teachers are afraid to expose them to such issues.  The legal consequences are serious, leading to outright dismissal. If I were teaching today, I wouldn’t dare try to include these issues.  It’s just not worth it.

(To post a comment, click on the title of this blog.)

One Reply to “Controversial issues are the third rail in education”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: