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Should teachers talk politics?

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Teaching current events in the age of Donald Trump has become fraught with peril for some educators who have interjected their personal political beliefs into the classroom.

A New York City teacher was warned over a homework question critical of Trump. An Alabama district fielded complaints for a teacher's "Obama, you're fired!" caption under a Trump display. And video caught a Texas art teacher shooting a squirt gun at an image of Trump, and yelling, "Die!"

Is it ever OK for teachers to offer up their viewpoints?

It has become a debate among educators at a time when students have become energised by classroom discussions of such hot-button issues as immigration and racial justice.

Education experts say teachers should be careful not to shape their students' beliefs for them.