My son is in 11th grade. He works very hard at school, gets good grades, and is on track to go to a top college.
Here’s the problem. His history teacher has been using the classroom as a means to promote his political point of view, and doing so in a very ignorant and hurtful manner.
I should mention at the outset that my son and I are both conservatives. I’m sure that some dopers would like to rant at both of us at this point. Please don’t. That’s what The Pit is for if you need to do so. We’re looking for advice here so please don’t get the thread bumped.
The problem started the first day of class this semester. The teacher asked if any of the students are conservatives and my son was the only one to raise his hand. The teacher indicated his lack of respect.
In general every day or two the teacher makes one or two relatively dumb and relatively hurtful political comments. Usually incorrect but always hurtful and always irrelevant to the curriculum, which BTW is 18th century American History.
Today’s comment was way over the top and I’m furious. My son called me as soon as he left school and reported the teacher’s quote for today:
My son is upset, my wife is upset, I’m upset. I’m upset as an open-minded person, a taxpayer, a person who believes in education, an American, etc.
We’re looking for ways to deal with this. A direct confrontation with the teacher or administration might not be smart in terms of teaching my son to get along with everyone. I should also mention that our family is very much in the closet politically. No doubt it would hurt us in the community if we go public about this. Ideally we’d like to find some way to turn this into a win/win situation where we look back on it are glad it happened becasue of what we learned.
It would mean a lot to get some support from some people who disagree with me politically. Your perspectives can be very valuable.