Banning Discussion on Important Topics Will Create More Problems | Opinions

For the editor:

Dear Senator Glick,

I reviewed the contents of House Bill 1134, and as a future educator, a plethora of questions arose

I don’t disagree with everything in it, but some parts could harm education in Indiana: for example, the creation of a curriculum advisory committee made up of 60% parents . Only 40% of the members would be educators or other holders of a license in education.

Another problem with the bill is prohibiting teachers from having classroom conversations on topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin or political affiliation. How would classes such as world history, US history, and government be taught without discussing these things? That would be to demolish the subject of History as a whole. As a Republican myself, I remember seeing many right-wing activists fighting to preserve the history of our great nation, but this bill comes dangerously close to preventing the teaching of key moments in the story.

Worse still, conversations on topics considered “divisive” would be banned. Politics is one of those things that is considered “divisive”. The two main political views in this country should be taught to students, and they should have the right to decide for themselves.

Banning discussions on “divisive” topics will not solve anything, but on the contrary will create even more problems in society. However, teaching students to love and respect themselves could make a difference in society as we know it.

We can sit down and allow the mainstream media to manipulate Democrats and Republicans into hating each other, or we can step in and teach future generations to rise above hate and respect and recognize all others as people, even if they have different opinions. . I can only hope to see my generation and the generations that will follow us have the privilege of receiving an education that will not only help us become who we really are as people, but will also flourish in a society of men. and women who can love, respect and care for each other all the same of race, religion, political affiliation or any difference we may encounter in each other.

Failure to comply with these prohibitions on discussing important topics in class may result in suspension or even revocation of one’s teaching license. As a future educator, I am shocked to see even such a stupid threat as this.

Living from day to day knowing that your job could be taken away from you at any time for inexplicable reasons can hardly be called living. This bill could potentially bankrupt extraordinary teachers.

Parents can already see what is being taught in our classrooms. State standards for each grade level are available online. Most school districts also have many comprehensive parent committees. West Noble has parents on the school board. I’m good friends with a board member‘s son. Most teachers will email, arrange a phone call, or meet in person with any parent who wants information about what their child is learning.

I have spoken with many experienced teachers whom I respect and cherish. I have learned that the curriculum constantly needs to change in order to fit the specific students in the classroom when teaching content. For example, one year a teacher may receive a group of students who are advanced to such a level where the current curriculum would be information they already know. This would mean that a teacher should modify the curriculum during the school year to ensure that students receive an education that provides them with a healthy challenge while ensuring that they continue to grow as learners.

Senator Glick, why would you support an education bill that does not benefit education?

Kadon Arbogast

Ligonier