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  • December 6JKB gift card collection for Ronald McDonald House. Drop off during lunches on Tues. & Thurs. in café or rm 203.

  • December 6Link Leader yearbook photos on Wed, Dec. 7th during your lunch. Meet by the attendance office.

  • December 6Netflix Club will meet Thurs. after school in rm. 42 to watch Disney movies.

  • December 6JSA a political debate club meets on Thursdays after school in room 236.

  • December 6There will be a girls softball informational meeting Tuesday at 7:20am in room 301.

  • December 6There will be a yearbook informational meeting in room 216 Tuesday before OR after school in rm 216.

  • December 6Senior Panoramic Photo Wed, Dec. 14th 2nd hour in main gym. Order forms available next week at senior exits & Activities.

  • December 6Spring Musical, the Addams Family, auditions & informational workshop on Mon, Dec.12th in the choir room from 3:30-4pm.

  • December 6Truth Seekers meets Friday after school in room 207. This is wild card Friday, so bring your own topic.

  • December 6Theatre Central will meet this Wednesday after school in the auditorium.

  • December 6GEMS will meet Thursday after school in rm. 34. Ms. Eier will talk about engineering at Molex.

  • December 6Freshman, join your Link Leaders' “Cocoa & Cram” sessions on Thurs. & next Tues. Meet outside of rm 100.

  • December 6Join Mickey Mouse Club before school thru Wednesday in rm. 221 to watch Lilo and Stitch.

  • December 6Spanish Club will watch Elf on Tuesday after school in room 102. Bring a snack to share.

  • December 6NCHS Show Choir Audition Workshops will be Friday, Dec. 16th 3:30-6pm and Monday, Dec. 19th 3:30-5pm in the Choir Room.

  • December 5Holiday Spirit Week – 12th-16th, Mon: Pj Day, Tues: White Out, Wed: Tacky Sweater Day, Thurs: Scarf & Socks, Fri: Candy Cane Day

  • December 5TC presents Junie B. Jones in “Jingle Bells Batman Smells” Thurs. 7:30pm and Fri. and Sat. at 8pm. Tickets $5.00 each.

  • December 5Holiday Toy Drive ends Dec. 13th. Drop off new toys valued at $10 - $20 in Activities, Main Office, or the Leaning Commons.

Unless directly related to subject, politics should be left out of classrooms

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“Isn’t the sun shining brighter today?”

These were the words of a teacher at Central after Donald Trump was elected president.

“If the president can say p*ssy, I can say it in the classroom.”

These are the words of another teacher at Central after President Trump’s now-infamous comment.

Since the beginning of this school year, our editorial board has noticed an uptick in political discourse from both peers and teachers. These comments have ranged from rants to jokes to lessons.

While our editorial board recognizes the benefits of politics in a social studies classroom, we all agree that the two aforementioned comments are completely out of line and wrong. Teachers should not be using their influence as adults and role models to assault kids’ political beliefs. This is, frankly, an abuse of power.

High school is a time for people to find themselves. We enter at 14, still cringing from the eternal awkwardness of junior high. Most of us don’t know our political affiliations. And even if we do, it’s most likely just our parents’ words coming out of our mouths.

At this stage, it is more important than ever to have unbiased teachers. We are exploring ourselves and our opinions, and we need to have support from our teachers on this quest. If we are inhibited by one teacher’s hatred of Obama or Trump, our search for identity becomes compromised.

Now this begs the question: how should teachers act in the classroom?

Well, first of all, they should keep opinions at home. If a doctor walked into a meeting and went off on a political rant about the environment, his colleagues would not tolerate it. The same should go for teachers.

In fact, that political rant doesn’t even relate to the doctor’s job. Applying these standards to teachers, every department except social studies and certain English classes should steer clear from politics. There is no educational application of politics to precalculus, so it shouldn’t be brought up.

However, in social science classes, the door opens. In government classes, for example, discussion of the government is not only logical, but also necessary. It would not be educationally sound to ignore new political movements in a government class because the class is literally a place where this is designated to be discussed. In a history class, a historical lens can be applied to current events to either help explain them or understand what brought them about. Even in an anthropology or sociology class, current events can be discussed under an emotional/behavioral lens.

These classes fit within the boundaries of political discourse. Everything else is out of bounds.

Yet, if students are going to have a productive discussion about politics in class, teachers need to provide a safe place to ask questions and discuss. There are two steps to doing this.

First, teachers must first be educated. They must take extra time to fully grasp both sides of an issue so they are able to soundly answer students’ questions. This may require extra reading or paying attention to news, but it is a necessary step in order to best support students.

Second, teachers must argue both sides of issues. If a teacher only gets news from liberal or conservative leaning sources, their answers will be biased and they will damage a student’s search for self.

Additionally, if a teacher frequently presents only his or her side of an issue in the classroom, students of the other opinion will no longer feel respected or safe to ask questions. Kids can have disagreements or debate between themselves, but a teacher’s role is an educator. They need to exercise that role.

We know teachers aren’t perfect and political leanings always come out. As long as these views do not directly affect the teacher’s respected rights of a student (for example, if a teacher is homophobic), these opinions are not necessarily always bad because they provide a wider world view for dissenting students.

So, yes, while we think that teachers should keep their own politics out of classrooms, an occasional slip up is not the end of the world, as long as the teacher has established a culture of respect and tolerance in his or her classroom.

Overall, teachers need to see their classrooms as safe places for learning and discussing controversial issues, not a place to rant about personal beliefs.

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Unless directly related to subject, politics should be left out of classrooms