Saturday, March 21, 2009

Question of the Day

Every few months, Racine Horlick social studies teacher and social activist Al Levie is in the news. This time he led a hundred or so public school students (during school hours) and many adults to Madison, to lobby for drivers licenses and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, er, undocumented immigrants.

Can a teacher properly teach a subject AND lead his students in partisan political lobbying on the same subject?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Can a teacher properly teach a subject AND lead his students in partisan political lobbying on the same subject? "


The QUESTION is can Denis just take a stand on an issue without playing Charlie Sykes,
Q and A , guess what I'm thinking games?

Denis Navratil said...

Want to guess what I'm thinking anon? I am thinking about my delete comments option.

Colt said...

As long as it's a left wing Marxist idea yes of course he can.
But what would happen if he had his class read Fountainhead?

Kevin Lockett said...

I'd have to say that I don't think what this teacher did is appropriate. If, after having a fare and balanced lesson and discussion on the topic, the students decided that they wanted to voice their opinion, that would be different. As long as it's student led, that's OK, because a good Social Studies teacher should inspire students to want to become active on the issues. That teacher just shouldn't be pushing students toward one view or the other.