Writing Prompt

  1.  Should teachers bring their ideological and/or political views into the social studies classroom?

 

I do not consider myself an activist teacher. Personally, I think politics are boring and have no idea what is going on. However, I think this may be a bad thing. If I do not care about it, who is going to fight for my best interest as a teacher? Who is going to ensure the students in my class know how to fight for what is right? There are so many questions that my own statement brings to me. I have a lot of work to do in this area because I believe that in a way all teachers need to be activists to be good role models to students. Teachers need to show students that there are good things worth fighting for.

In the classroom I think that it is important to teach students about what is going on in politics, wars, and the news (both good and bad). Learning about these things will make them think and start to learn their own personal opinions. As the teacher, I think it is important to be open to any views and opinions the students may have and lead effective discussions. That being said, my own personal ideological and political views do not necessarily have a place in my classroom. I believe that I am there to make them think and not to impress my own opinions into their impressionable minds.

As a person who is not interested in politics and does not care to watch the news, I might have to make some changes. It is important to know what is going on in the world in order to talk about it to my students. I am unable to live in a happy bubble any longer. I think it is time to start subscribing to news feeds on my phone and reading the newspaper once in a while. I need to get knowledgeable, and although I may not like it at first I am sure that I will get used to sifting through what I do not like to see and what I can use as educational pieces for my students.

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