When discussing politics with their students, teachers should be totally unbiased. The problem with educators who bring their own political and social opinions to the classroom is that they believe they’re on a mission.
Many of today’s educators have been taught certain political attitudes and values by their own very opinionated teachers. They, in turn, are motivated with almost religious fervor to pass them on to new generations of students.
A worst scenario of this intense idealism may be understood in a quote about educating young Germans from Adolf Hitler. He said, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” However, the dictator wasn’t the only one promoting this method of indoctrination of the vulnerable and impressionable young.
Visit any military basic training base today of any nation in the world. There you’ll see and hear the instructors urging their young students to kill the enemy, who are also young soldiers receiving the same political indoctrination.
Additionally, throughout history, religious leaders of almost all sects have taught young believers, often to the point of brainwashing, that theirs is the only true faith. Unbelievers must be converted, enslaved or eliminated. These extreme religious and political doctrines are still being taught today in many areas of the world.
Kill or be killed may not be in the school and college curriculum in most secular societies. However, teachers today should avoid any similarly biased indoctrination when discussing political responsibilities to their students. Most simply, educators in public schools and universities are paid to teach educational subjects. They should not force their own political, religious and other personal beliefs on their students.
Teachers of such subjects as the arts, math, language and sciences may find it easier to avoid political controversy in the classroom. However, if the subject is about economics, history, psychology and other variables, discussions should be encouraged. Free talk with and by students should be without bias and open to individual opinions. That encourages mental stimulation, as well as provide other educational benefits to the young minds.
Teachers who are qualified to teach the subjects certainly should educate their students in the real facts of the political process and citizenship. This involves the history of the nation, the government structure, political parties, plus the responsibilities of voting and other participation in the nation’s affairs.
Teachers should avoid partisanship while discussing political responsibilities with their students. They should respect the intelligence of those young people, and permit them to use their education and freedom to make their own choices.