When a high school teacher wears political slogans on her T-shirt, does that encourage students to think? Or prompt them to think like the teacher? Even the National Education Association is leery of teachers who use their classroom as a “pulpit,” says a Christian Science Monitor story on Hildreth Simmons, a literature teacher at Hollywood High.
Just about every day, Ms. Simmons shows up in her southern California classroom wearing a T-shirt with a provocative message like “War Without End? Not in Our Name” or “A Woman’s Place Is in Her Union.”
Her goal, she says, is to get students to ponder issues like labor rights, world affairs or, nowadays, the war in Iraq. “I am trying to provoke thought, and discussion,” says Simmons. “I’d like them to think.”
It’s hard to get students to think for themselves. It’s just about impossible when the teacher is flashing “correct answer” on her shirt.
Via SCSU Scholars.