Politics in the classroom_ teachers tackle tricky landscape

On Nov. Trellis restaurant menlo park 7, students lined up in the Owego Free Academy lobby to cast their votes in a mock presidential election. Basketball olympics winners Seniors in the Participation in Government classes served as election officials, and two weeks before the election, the school’s students were encouraged to register with mock New York State voter registration applications.

On Friday, the lobby will be occupied by a television broadcasting the inauguration of President Donald Trump to OFA’s students. Softball drills for beginners And 38 of the students will be right in the heart of the nation’s capital, witnessing the inauguration firsthand.


From crafting hands-on lessons such as the mock election, to grappling with how to answer students’ difficult questions about political ideologies, teachers and administrators across the region must make tough decisions when navigating the current political landscape. Asphalt driveway thickness And while some teachers said that the most heated discussions happened during election-time, inauguration day still brings some tricky situations — and topics — to the front of the classroom. All baseball teams Guiding teachers in guiding students

Prior to the presidential election in November, OFA Principal Heath Georgia, along with the high school’s social studies chair Melanie Cirbus, sent an email to staff with guidelines on how to speak about politics in the classroom.

“Let the students guide the conversation, ensure that there’s empathy for the other side, and make sure that everybody is equally heard and respected and that students are allowed to make their own decisions,” Georgia said of his advice.

Carl Korn, the chief press officer for the New York State United Teachers union, said there is no universal rule book when it comes to what teachers can and can’t say in the classroom.

Korn cited the legal cases Garcetti v. Little league baseball scores Ceballos and Pickering v. Amendola fence Board of Education, which, in a nutshell, determined publicly employed teachers have more free-speech rights when they are speaking as private citizens than when they are speaking as an employee of the district, he said. Baseball pitcher So, a teacher is free to protest the election outside of school or write a letter to the editor, but they are much more limited if they want to speak while teaching a class or sending emails on the school email. Pinch hitter game day Therefore teachers, Korn said, must follow school policy in regards to speech.

OFA teachers were trained in the deliberation technique with the help from SUNY Broome’s Center for Civic Engagement. The deliberation technique, which is a part of the National Issues Forum Institute, encourages civil dialogue by allowing one student to speak at a time.

“You want students to see all issues, not just their particular sides that they are in favor of, to kind of guide the discussion in a way where kids are listening to each other, not shouting at each other,” Cirbus said.

After the election, 11th-grade English teacher Kathy Rader assigned her students to write an argumentative essay about mandatory voting. Facebook live chat The assignment came from a Common Core Regents exam and was tied to Rader’s unit about Revolutionary War authors.

Rader also crafted vocabulary sentences that related to the political climate and, in prior years, has instructed her students to find rhetorical devices within inaugural addresses by John F. Spring training 2016 yankees Kennedy, Franklin D. Dripping springs tx 78620 Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Prior to Friday’s presidential inauguration, Rader said she will consider using Trump’s inaugural speech in a rhetorical device lesson, but needs to hear it before she makes any decisions.

“I’ll have to gauge that by what he says and the mood and the climate of my students at school, because certainly I don’t want to upset them,” Rader said. “But they do need to learn that, even though your candidate may not have won, it is still a historical moment and there is still value in looking at something from a literature standpoint or from a speech standpoint.”

Some teachers said that one of the questions students frequently ask them is “who did you vote for?” Georgia said he often gets the question, but never answers it.

“I say that it’s private process for me, and I also don’t want to influence them in one way or another in their decision making,” Georgia said. Sales pitch deck “I turn it around to them, and I always say, ‘Who would you vote for, and why?’ So then it becomes a dialogue between myself and the students on what they know in the election and what their opinion is and what they would vote.”

“Anybody that’s in education should be setting aside their own beliefs when they’re in the classroom,” she said. Baseball drills for 9 year olds “We want them to think for themselves.” Some teachers, however, choose to make their beliefs part of the lesson.

Rader said she did not hide her political beliefs and leanings from her students and would use her openness as a lesson to students to vote based on their own personal beliefs.

“I think the most important thing that I want to convey to my students is that we are all going to have different opinions, we have a right to all have different opinions, but we all really need to have the intelligence and the willingness to listen to other people and to consider it and to make our own judgment and our own decisions,” Rader said. Fantasy football names funny Leaving the classroom

On Thursday, OFA’s U.S. Basketball wives la season 5 episode 6 history teacher, Zach Tarnowski, traveled with his students to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. The trip was opened to any of Tarnowski’s interested students, who will attend the inauguration and parade.

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