Sometimes Teachers Ought to Keep their Thoughts to Themselves

My students often ask me who I vote for and what my politics is. I refuse to answer them. It is not my place to brainwash my students with my political beliefs. I would prefer to help give my students the skills and confidence to think for themselves.

The teacher who allegedly mocked her student for wearing a campaign t-shirt should have kept her politics to herself:

A Philadelphia high school teacher is under investigation after she reportedly ordered a student to take off a t-shirt supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and compared the shirt to a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

Samantha Pawlucy, 16, chose to wear a pink Republican t-shirt for a uniform-free ‘dress-down’ day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond.

She claims her geometry teacher publicly humiliated her and urged other teachers and students to mock her.

During the incident, Ms. Pawlucy said the teacher told her that Carroll High is a ‘Democratic school’ and wearing a Republican shirt is akin to the teacher, who is black, wearing a KKK shirt.‘I was really embarrassed and shocked,’ Pawlucy told

She decided to wear the shirt after researching both presidential candidates and deciding that she’s a Romney supporter, particularly due to his opposition to partial-birth abortion.

There should be no such thing as a ‘Democratic school’ or a ‘Republican school’ – just a ‘tolerant school’.

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