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Teachers should not force political opinions on students

Catherine Coronado, Features Editor

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Given that it’s a pretty wild political season, I can see why it would be pretty hard to keep your opinions to yourself. You can hardly go anywhere without hearing about politics these days, and it seems that everyone has an opinion about certain prominent political figures.

This isn’t my way of saying that teenagers should not be involved in politics. Actually, I think quite the opposite. This is me saying that teachers should keep their political opinions to themselves and allow students to think for themselves and form their own opinions.

Every year we’re in high school, we get closer and closer to voting age. For those who have already developed their own political opinions, it’s unfair to listen to teachers bashing certain political ideals, ideals that those students might have themselves. It isn’t a teacher’s choice what their students believe, and it’s certainly not their place to bring their own political opinions into the way they educate their students.

Instances where teachers guilt students for “not knowing” what they talk about when discussing politics with friends is a horrible way of scaring students into believing what the teacher has to say, an instance that has been experienced in this very school. It is not an educators place to decide what I believe, nor what the people around me believe.

The beauty of politics is that we all have different opinions, and we should be allowed to develop our own opinions without worrying about the approval of others. Soon, we will be voting for the people in charge of our city, state, country, and it’s vital that we are allowed to form our own set of values, beliefs, and opinions.

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  1. Jimmy on April 4th, 2016 8:47 pm

    Wow, very well said.

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