House Concurrent Resolution 1002 calls for local school boards to establish a code of ethics and professional responsibility. That sounds all well and good — who could argue against it? — and the intention is to stop teachers from being political in the class. The resolution says teachers can’t “endorse, support, or oppose” candidates for public office or pieces of legislation in the classroom.
Okay. Fine. I see the logic in that. But check out this caveat:
[Teachers cannot] Advocate for any issue that is part of a political party platform at the national, state, or local level.
The National Center for Science Education notes that adopting this resolution “would provide a route to pressure teachers to use antievolution and/or climate change denial material in their classrooms.”
It’s sneaky. It undermines education. And it’s not a surprise that all 15 politicians sponsoring the resolution are Republicans.
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