Wednesday, October 06, 2004

teachers and politics

Digger's Realm has an interesting story of a teacher and her conflict with school administrators (link from Michelle Malkin). There are two radically different stories being told about what happened. The teacher says she was fired for having a picture of the president and his wife on a bulletin board. The administration says she had several other pictures up and that she was using her position as a political soap box and that they didn't fire her.

I don't know what the truth is here. If the administration is right, then something needed to be done. But I can't help thinking of all the high school and junior high kids in the Bay Area who were given school days off to attend the peace protests in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

You don't think those kids were subject to some partisan political indoctrination? Why weren't there any teachers pressured over that? I suspect this has to do with the deepening divisions in the country and who is really causing them. The left blames Bush for the divisions, and yet it is the left that can't seem to be civil. It's the left that has tried to stop the right from speaking.

In these two cases, the teacher in the story and the entire school systems in the peace protests, Democrats saw fit to complain about political speech they didn't like and Republicans saw fit to live and let live. Who is it that is causing partisan divisions here?

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