Hey, Teacher, Leave Those Kids (& Trump) Alone! Educators Face Penalties For Incendiary Remarks
Teachers across the US are getting in trouble for bringing their views on President-elect Donald Trump into the classroom. Whether it’s threatening students with deportation or comparing Trump to Hitler, the politicizing of education is seen as a no-no.
While public school teachers are afforded the right to free speech under the First Amendment, that freedom does not extend to what they say in the classroom because public school students are considered “a captive audience,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
“What you say or communicate inside the classroom is considered speech on behalf of the school district and therefore will not be entitled to much protection,” the ACLU notes. “Certain types of speech outside the school might also not be protected if the school can show that your speech created a substantial adverse impact on school functioning.”
It’s inside the classroom that teachers around the country have been getting in trouble.