How Political Bias in Schools Affects Students

Madeleine McNamara

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Although political bias in American public schools has always existed, the bias has been exacerbated since January 20, 2017 when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.  Public Schools, especially, teach all types of students with different political views and students and teachers alike have been known to discriminate against students for having different views than themselves.

In MHS alone, I have witnessed students bashing Trump supporters, calling them nazis, racists, and misogynist, in the halls of the school and on social media.  Although everyone in America has the freedom of speech and the right to share their views, liberal students should not resort to vicious name calling to try and force others to have the ‘right’ opinion on political matters, or opinions that match up with their own.

Instead of being encouraged to have their own beliefs and ideals, students are being told that if they do not agree with certain views, it could affect their social standing and class ranking.  In Mountain View, California, a history teacher lectured about the similarities between Trump and Hitler, saying that both men wanted to “make their countries great again.”  The teacher was later suspended due to his insentiviness.  As The Economist points out, “Students who dissent from the teacher’s view may feel alienated from the discussion and uncomfortable expressing their ideas openly” (Daily Caller).

A New Jersey student that would like to remain anonymous, shared with me her experiences at her public high school, where she was defending a friend when controversy broke out between a student of color and a white student with different political views.  The white student was trying to prove that even though the two were from different heritages and different political backgrounds, they were both human, so he put his arm next to hers and told her that they “were not so different”.  The student become upset by this analogy and accused the him of “directing racial slurs at her” and he was taken to the hallway to discuss the situation.  My source, upset about the false allegations taken against her friend, responded to the accuser saying, “It’s not okay to silence voices of dissent simply because you have an opposing viewpoint.”  The accuser yet again become uspest and went to the principal and claimed that she called her a “brown b*tch”, even though these words were never said.

My source was then given an HIB without knowing an investigation about the incident was occurring.  The school completely ignored her side of the story and was quick to judge the claims made against her.  To defend herself, my source was forced to give a statement of the Board of Education to remove the HIB, the board decided to reverse their decision at a district level after the hearing.  If the situation escalated and the Board did not repeal the HUB, my source would have gone to court over the matter do to the clear violation of an unfair trial and the school’s disregard to judge fairly.

To stop issues from forming in the future, school should be a safe environment for students.  Teachers should not share their political views and try to force them on students and current political situations should be discussed in the classroom, unless the environment is complete safe for students with political views.