Their have been several stories in the news lately of attempted indoctrination of High School students. In one case a teacher launched into a profanity laced tirade comparing the evils of the current administration to Hitler. In another case High school students were forced to listen to a pro illegal immigration speaker at an assembly with no attempt to present an opposing viewpoint. In this case a young Chinese immigrant didn't like what the speaker was saying and asked to leave but was forced to stay. My question is not the political side of this but the ethical side. I attended many college classes that were taught by politically motivated professors. In one case a teacher very clearly graded you on expressing the "right" political view point. So I have two questions one of which is part of a poll. #1 Is it ever "OK" for a teacher to politically indoctrinate a class? And where is the line drawn? For instance in our own OT recently a few have been called racist for expressing certain points of views (my own take, usually people who resort to calling someone racist are doing it out of insecurity), would it be OK for a teacher to call a student a racist if that student disagreed with their point of view? And should a teacher be allowed to grade based on the political points of view expressed by a student? #2 The poll question: If political discussions are too occur in schools, at what age group should they be allowed? Is it OK to promote hard core political views on High Schoolers remember, some are 13-14 years old? Too me in college a teacher has a right to promote a political point of view PROVIDED the class room environment promotes disagreement, freedom of expression, and freedom from grade pressures based on a point of view? It should be OK to take any side in a political discussion provided you are willing to defend it rationally. But at the High School/Jr. High level most kids are not astute in world affairs and my feeling is ANY discussion that doesn't reasonably present multiple points of view by it's own nature becomes indoctrination, not education. A QUICK NOTE: I know the examples I gave were from a "conservative" political perspective, but before you answer remember this could and probably does work both ways. I'm sure those of you on the political left would be mad if Karl Rove was to speak at a High School assembly that students were forced to attend, with no opposing viewpoints being presented though out the school year?