Just today, I was informed by a friend of this issue occurring in a very prestigious public high school in Iberville parish. The incident happened in a 10th grade Civics class to the occurrence recounted above. But, upon hearing what happened, I had to wonder what was happening within our seats of learning. Besides dealing in facts, school has to and must remain impartial regarding individual thoughts on public issues.
Where is the impartiality in the blatant reward of a student choosing one candidate over another in a class exercise? What gives a teacher the right to play mediator and judge over the specific choices of their student's personal beliefs and choices? Yes, the level or skill of the argument could be brought to under the teacher's criticism; but the child's ultimate choice? In America, we have the right to choose, but I guess it boarders at this high school.
Rest assured, this has and probably will be happening again. My friend asked that the name of the school not be mentioned. But the solution for this is simple: talk to your kids. Take an interest and be concerned with what our kids learn, how they're taught and most importantly--who's teaching them. Because if we as adults allow prejudiced and bias thoughts to be ingrained into our youths by others under the cloak of authority and under the guise of rewards, maybe we'll deserve the outcome of a honest future being cheated from them.