1. Sara

    What a tough situation! In the 10th grade, I was in a similar situation with a teacher who kept not only talking about her political preferences during the election (which would have been uncomfortable enough) but actively telling us that anybody who voted otherwise was unpatriotic! I finally stood up to her in class (and I had not told my parents first, so kudos to your daughter!), and asked her simply if we could bring the lecture back to the topic at hand. She was very upset and stopped the lecture and called me out in the hall to talk to me individually and basically told me I was not allowed to disrespect her by sharing my opinion, if she couldn’t share hers. When I did tell my parents this, they were wonderfully supportive and spoke to the principal and teacher, and I was very glad to have their support, even though the class remained somewhat awkward the rest of the year.

    • Elizabeth

      Good for you, Sara. I had a “health” teacher when I was in 9th grade who explained during the sex-education portion of the class that he found homosexuality to be unnatural, and I wish I (or someone else) would have had the awareness to make a stink about it back then.

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