Pushing politics in Primary School

From an ironically named column at The Spinoff: Group Think: Winston goes with Labour:

I spoke to my eight year old daughter, heard the immense happiness in her voice. Her teacher had made her a committed Greens/Labour booster and it’s been the sweetest thing I’ve been near in a while to witness.

I think it is alarming and highly unprofessional for primary school teachers (or any teachers) to be pushing politics through their pupils.

If I had found out a teacher of my kids had pushed political views to my children, or religious views or drugs, I would have been livid.

Fair enough to teach kids about politics and the different political parties, and about our political leaders, but promoting specific politicians and parties to and through children is, I think, disgraceful.

17 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  20th October 2017

    ”I think it is alarming and highly unprofessional for primary school teachers (or any teachers) to be pushing politics through their pupils.”

    Pete, schools are Marxist training grounds. Kids are taught climate change. Environmental issues and receive talks by gay activists. Older children can receive free abortions without parental consent, and of course Maori issues are promoted out of proportion to other cultures and subjects.

    There is inherently nothing wrong with learning about some of the above issues…if they are taught in a neutral way. Of course they aren’t.

    • Gezza

       /  20th October 2017

      All those issues you mention. How are they Marxist?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  20th October 2017

        Jesuit methodology surely?

        • Corky

           /  21st October 2017

          Not exactly..we only give them the child. They throw away the man and show us future voters. Excuse my dry sense of wit. Unfortunately it’s not colossal. MMP anyone?

          • Gezza

             /  21st October 2017

            That water experiement, with the hoodackey you bought. I wouldn’t rule that out. But have you or anyone else reproduced the exact same experiment? Or are you just using the hoodackey?

    • Gezza

       /  20th October 2017

      Thanks. That’s what I thought. 👍🏼

  2. duperez

     /  20th October 2017

    It is definitely unprofessional for school teachers to be pushing politics through their pupils.

    It’s also not wise to hang draw and quarter a teacher or a profession on the words of a parent interpreting the words and observations of an eight year old child.

  3. Gezza

     /  20th October 2017

    If I had found out a teacher of my kids had pushed political views to my children, or religious views or drugs, I would have been livid.

    Fair enough to teach kids about politics and the different political parties, and about our political leaders, but promoting specific politicians and parties to and through children is, I think, disgraceful.

    Same at home, and also with religion?

    • alloytoo

       /  20th October 2017

      at home with religion?

      that’s merely child abuse,

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  20th October 2017

    Making mistakes is educational but only if you recognise them.

  5. Blazer

     /  20th October 2017

    reminds me of a discussion about pomgolian Tory Rees- Moggs and his children.

  6. sorethumb

     /  21st October 2017

    it comes down to fostering diversity of ideas in institutions.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st October 2017

      … ie, getting the teacher unions out of schools instead of having them running the country.

      • Gezza

         /  21st October 2017

        Why do you think thry’re running the country? We’ve had teacher unions in schools through both Labour & National administrations & National’s never been what I’d call friendly to teacher unions.

  7. Trevors_elbow

     /  21st October 2017

    Geeez what a surprise…NOT!! Been a fair few Facebook posts of teacher union distributed materials brought home by kids.. .

    Long march continues