Should educators be allowed to speak their minds?

Should educators be allowed to speak their minds?

Here’s how our United Families International readers responded to that question:

When not in a school setting, should educators be allowed to openly express their opinions on controversial issues (abortion, gay marriage, homosexual behavior, pre-marital sex, role of men and women, etc.)?

Yes         76%

No          27%

Not sure   2%

The vast majority of our readers believe that educators should be allowed to speak their minds in non-school settings.  We wonder why some believe their free speech should be limited.  Perhaps some of you who voted that way could respond and tell us why.

2 Comments
  • Laura
    Posted at 10:05h, 20 August Reply

    I didn’t take the survey but if I did I’d vote no simply because I don’t trust teachers to keep their leftist, liberal views out of the classroom. Take a look at all the examples of college professors, high school and elementary school teachers who have students perform songs to Obama, bash Bush, threaten with expulsion conservative and Christian students, plan take downs of tea parties–it’s crap. Educators for the most part are UNTRUSTWORTHY in keeping their personal views out of the classroom.

  • Meagan
    Posted at 20:19h, 23 November Reply

    I hope it’s not to late to comment, I had not taken this poll but if I did I would have voted No too. I understand that free speech is incredibly important and I love to see it in most places, but we are talking about impressionable young minds that can be intimidated and brainwashed and ridiculed. I seriously doubt that all of the teachers would say “this is how I feel, but you are entitled to feel differently.” There are a few good teachers like that, but I don’t believe for a second that all would just wholesomely add their two cents. I have had and known very liberal teachers that would have punished children academically for thinking differently, but if they weren’t allowed to push their bias agenda in the first place…A parent who chooses to make use of a public institution will expect to have a generic unbiased approach. If they wanted specific ideas theme their children’s education they would have looked into alternative education. At a public institution there is the expectation that it will be more generic, bland, voter-approved and one-size fits all, there should not be any kind of controversial ideology imposed–but it most certainly happens. And not in a “did you know that some people believe in this” informative kind of way. Laura is absolutely right, most teachers are not in the business because they just love distributing government standards and neutral education, but because they want to share ideas and influence the rising generation. My school was absoutely packed with distributors of “ideology” and parents wonder why children come out of there desiring to be communists.

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