Q: My daughter’s history teacher often shares her views on the election with the class. Should I ask her not to express her beliefs to her students or be thankful my daughter is learning the importance of elections?
A: Although it’s great for an educator to discuss voting and the candidates, it’s wrong for her to promote her views in the classroom. Her role is to teach about voters’ freedom to choose; it’s not to steer kids to the choice she thinks is best. Say, “I’m glad you’re talking to the kids about the election, but I’m not comfortable with your sharing your political preferences.” If she persists, alert the principal. And after you speak with the teacher, you should be thankful your daughter is learning how important elections are and give her more perspective by explaining other views to her too.