Today’s entry - These are recent notes I’ve received on the political bias of educators in South Florida Schools.
1st: I work in Broward County Schools and it's amazing how much of a liberal bias there is throughout the sites I work at. From the simple lack of photos of our current President (when there are so many photos of our last President) to an unashamed hatred to our current President. One elementary school has historical murals throughout the interior hallways depicting many important historical facts, well they haven’t updated their Presidential photos as yet but have updated several cultural events that have happened since 2016. Coincidence, I think not.
2nd: We had to meet with my daughter’s teacher at Dwyer High who keeps bashing Trump every chance she gets. What is the ethics code you’re referring to in your FB article today and where can I get info to report these violations?
Bottom Line: Since I first addressed this topic, I’ve received notes from parents and teachers who attest to political bias in schools and a push on kids in the classroom. These two are examples of what I’ve received but at the same time, I’ve heard from others who’re afraid to speak out because of the institutionalized bias that goes for parents, teachers, and students. The fear is that the institutionalized bias is so pervasive in South Florida’s schools, starting with the School Districts, that there will be retribution should they attempt to address the issue.
First, let’s be clear. When political bias is displayed, literally or figuratively in our schools, it’s bigotry and it’s a clear violation of the Florida teacher/educator code of conduct. The following are some specific codes of conduct violated under Florida law by what’s being described.
Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student’s academic program.
Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
If a politically biased teacher results in a student being afraid to speak up due to fear of retribution, that’s a direct violation of the third teacher code. If the political bias is expressed as part of the education process of topics, it’s a clear violation of the 4th. If a student does speak up and there is retribution it’d be a violation of the 7th. So, what can we do to make a difference?
Let's educate kids, engage school boards, teachers and school administrative staff. Yes, doing something is the less comfortable path, but it’s also how we ended up in this place. Aside from leftist bigotry being displayed in our schools, along with clear violations of Florida code, it’s also not representative of even most of the taxpayers in South Florida. You can make a difference, but you’ve got to be willing to stand up to it when it’s presented and I’m here to help you spread the word.
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