Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.
To the editor:
I believe that teachers should not teach their opinion. Teachers have a lot of influence over their students. According to the Lawrence School Board Policy, teachers aren’t allowed to use school time or items to promote a political party, campaign, or anything to do with politics not related to the school curriculum. Also, teachers are required to present all of the material in a fair and accurate fashion.
School isn’t supposed to be biased and teachers telling students their opinion would make it one-sided. For example, telling a student that their topic is a bad idea, that would be a one sided opinion and would be unfair to the student. Also, teachers telling their students that the government was wrong about a bill would be biased, because the bill could’ve helped other people and some would say they were right to pass a bill. Teachers aren’t allowed to put limitations on a student just because they disagree with their thinking.
Would you want your child to agree with something they hardly know anything about just because their teacher told them. Teachers are hired to inform students about accurate facts not their own idea of the topic. Sadly this is occurring more and more when someone feels very strongly about the subject.
Southwest Junior High