"Ethical Educator"

December 30, 2017

Meira Levinson discusses partisanship in the classroom in this month's "Ethical Educator" column in AASA.

"Scenario: In the days after the 2016 presidential election, a high school teacher considered well-respected and highly effective feels desperate about the outcome. He sees increasing reports of students harassing others and making racial slurs. He posts a lengthy letter for his students to read that says in part: 'If you backed the president-elect, you aligned yourself with someone who is racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, homophobic, egocentric. … That choice says something about you.' Several parents complain to the principal and aim bitter attacks at the teacher. How should the administration respond?"

Excerpt reprinted with permission from the January 2018 issue of School Administrator magazine, published by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.