2013 was an interesting year for educators, to say the least. Left and right, teachers have been making the headlines for the things that they have been communicating, directly and indirectly, to their students. Many parents are infuriated, students are confused, and teachers are losing their jobs, all because they freely shared their personal thoughts and ideas.
Which is worse:
1. A teacher telling an African American student that “we don’t need another Black president?”
2. A teacher telling young students that Santa Clause doesn’t exist?
3. A teacher telling kids that there is no God, it is just a myth?
When does freedom of speech reach a limit, if ever at all? The great debate is as educators, do teachers have the right to share their own thoughts and ideas with their students, even when their thoughts oppose the beliefs of the children and their families? What do you think?