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Liberal Bias at Schools: Where does it Come From?

By T. Fair | United States

Schools across America, and perhaps other countries, are questionably left-leaning in their educators, staff and even curriculum. It may differ based on area, but statistically, the majority of educators are Democrats. One source, Verdant Labs, cites the Federal Election Commission in a breakdown of teachers’ political party affiliations. However, it only lists how many are Democrats compared to how many are Republicans.

As for the type of school, there are 74 democratic pre-school teachers for every 26 Republican pre-school teachers, 85 Democrats to 15 Republicans in elementary school, and 87 Democrats to 13 Republicans in high school. 

The least democratic type of teacher was a music teacher. But still, Democrats outnumber by a rate of 69 to 31. Health educators were most strongly Democrat, with 99 to every one Republican. Math and science split the difference, at 85 to 15 and 87 to 13, respectively. Clearly, our educators lean left.

Does this mean that education itself is biased? Before delving deeper into all of the stories across the nation of specific schools having a strong left-wing bias, I interviewed a number of teachers and staff members about the issue.

A California principal and vice principal agreed that there is political bias on school campuses. When I asked them which side they thought the bias was on, for the most part, they both answered that they thought in general, it was pretty balanced, and that it depended on the area. I then asked them what they thought brought out a political bias in educators, and they both responded with an answer along the same lines:

“It’s because we teach who we are. Teachers are still human, and with a job where you’re constantly talking to other people, it’s kind of hard not to bring out yourself a bit, and what your own personal views are.” Although this wasn’t exactly what I was getting at, this was useful information all the same

Next, I asked a school librarian.  She also agreed there were forms of political bias on campuses around America, having the idea that it was dominantly left. However, she had a different take on the reasons for this. When questioned, she stated that teachers need to be open-minded, and people on the left are a lot more open-minded, typically.

Another woman I interviewed, who actually claimed to be registered as an independent who had libertarian leanings, immediately responded that there was a strong left-wing bias, especially in some classrooms she’s been around. This included her school of employment as well as a nationwide trend.

So, we’ve heard the opinions of teachers from asking them directly. What else could be the cause? I strongly agree with the statement “we teach who we are”, but what makes the teachers who they are exactly?

One argument I’ve both heard frequently and thought about and agreed with myself is that people on the left are typically more interested in trying to help others, and not as interested in pay. Teaching is a job that is both “dedicated to helping others” and does not always pay well. As the left is less focused on the free market, this could be a possible factor. The average public school teacher salary for the 2017-2018 school year was $60,483, according to the National Education Association. This is slightly below the 2017 Median household income at $61,372.

Another possible argument is that Democrats are more interested in paying schools more. A poll from Education Next states that only 33% of Republicans wish to increase spending on public schools, while 58% of Democrats wish to increase spending. The Democratic Party platform itself says “Democrats want every child – no matter their zip code – to have access to a quality public K-12 education.” This indicates that Democrats are strongly in favor of the public schools that these teachers are working at. Republicans, though, often support the government having less influence on education.

It simply would make sense that a school that is run by the government would advocate for more government. This is not to say that Republicans legitimately advocate for a smaller or better government. Despite this, Democrats generally give greater support for public schools. One passage of an article by The College Fix sums this view up well:

It’s no surprise that a system that is state-funded and state-run advocates for a bigger government. The public school system is a microcosm of the socialist system, one that is bureaucratic, wasteful, and does not serve its original and intended purpose. Education is the cornerstone of Western society, a place where our youth are taught to think broadly and to develop their own unique worldview. Instead, we are often taught what to believe instead of how to think.

Whether you’re a student that’s with the left or not, it is important to keep an open and free-thinking mind. Nobody should blindly support a popular idea, whether it is left, right, or anything else.

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Working Teens Should Not be Forced Back to Public School

By T. Fair | United States

A recent article in The Daily Bell relates that truancy interventionists in Xenia, Ohio, are meeting with students. Regardless of where the kids are, the officers track them down to determine why they are missing classes. Jenny Adkins, the school’s supervisor of student services, even said: “She has gone to work sites before if she knows a kid is working.” 

Ironically, the name of the school is “Greene County Career Center”. That’s right, a so-called career center is prohibiting students from getting a jump start on their working lives. In other words, the school is training students for their jobs by not letting them have jobs.

Nothing says career preparation like “educators” not letting the students they advise actually work. This is a horrible idea. You know what prepares teens and young adults for their careers? Actually having job experience.

Denying young people the right to choose for themselves is not just hypocritical and foolish, because this is a career center, but it is a bad idea for all schools in general. Isn’t the claimed purpose of schools all around America, if not the world, to “prepare the next generation for the real world?” Well, participating in the real world will likely require you to work. A teenager getting a job before adulthood is a first big taste of that “real world.”

This protocol also treats young adults like small children. This, of course, is counter-productive, because part of the real world is also making decisions for yourself. Schools should be teaching students about individualism, that students should always think for themselves and take action accordingly. That personal morality should outweigh law. But, it’s not like society wants a generation of thinkers; they want a generation of workers. John D. Rockefeller said it himself, “I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”

The public school system, in enforcing this policy, is largely focused on monetary gain. A school’s funding from the state is based on attendance, or student enrollment, also known as membership. An article from KPBS by Joanne Faryon reports on the cost of students missing school, using San Diego County as an example.

“The attendance-based funding formula puts a bounty on the heads of students, forcing schools to meticulously track their absences – placing dollar amounts next to their names. Number 114 is one of 358 students on a list of the chronically absent at Lincoln High. A student is considered chronically absent if he or she misses 10 percent or more of the 180-day school year.” Joanne writes, soon following up with, “On average, a student with perfect attendance is worth about $5,230 to a school district in San Diego County. Every day missed reduces that amount by about $29. It may not sound like much, but the multiplier effect can be financially staggering for some schools.”

According to the article, a total of 473 students total were chronically absent in Ramona Unified School district, which contains approximately 5,700 students.

School attendance should always be voluntary. It should be a parent’s decision to enroll their children in a school, and their responsibility to have them attend class. Schools claim to prepare kids for the real world, yet this is one of the ways they fail to do so.

In the real world, there will be no truancy interventionists to drag them back to work. It is not the role of the government to tell someone what will be a good choice for them. If a young person is happy to spend their time working, that should be their choice. Many people who spend their young lives studying still end up lonely, unhappy and worn out.

Who should decide if the path of public education is the right one? It’s not the government, but the individual. The opportunity to succeed, to fail, and anything in between, while learning from successes and failures, is the undeniable right of every individual.

Mandatory public education is, by definition, an infringement on individual liberty. This is not to mention other issues like imbecilic curricula or the state’s agenda seeping into the classroom. As stated previously, 473 out of 5,700 students in a San Diego school district were chronically absent, which is over eight percent of all students. Not all of them, of course, were at work. Students are still going to be missing from class, regardless of truancy laws and the people who enforce them.

Looking at comparative international test scores, fraudulent standardized testing, and the morality of the public sector, it is clear that mandatory public schooling is a joke. Perhaps it’s time for a change.

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Free College Harms More Than It Helps

Indri Schaelicke | @ISchaelicke

It’s midterm season, meaning that the lore of socialism is gripping every voter’s conscience. Socialists have added the misnomer “democratic” to their political identification in hopes of persuading the last few sane voters that their ideology is rooted in the same false peace and prosperity that Americans believe the United States is.

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LeBron James’s Empty Promise

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

LeBron James has become the new angelic archetype of what a wealthy person should do with money, at least according to the left. The I Promise School located in Akron, Ohio hopes to be “that groundbreaking school.” The children attending the school will receive free tuition, uniforms, meals, transportation, bicycles, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron.

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Being the Change – Paul Wolfe for School Board

By John Keller | Florida

Paul Wolfe is running for school board in Alachua County in Florida. 71 Republic’s own John Keller sat down with him to discuss his campaign and the policies he is running on.

Keller: You are entering a career in politics. What inspired you to run for office?

Wolfe: In this race, my inspiration to run for office came from the Parkland tragedy and subsequent rhetoric being used to push an anti-gun message. I felt that, as opposed to tackling a problem that will never truly be solved on the firearm end, I wanted to help secure our schools against these threats here in Alachua County. My campaign couldn’t be stuck on that single message, so I have chosen to diversify a great deal with school safety still being at the forefront, but many other issues being included and addressed.

Keller: With so much attention drawn to Congress and national politics, what inspired you to run locally?

Wolfe: The saying goes, “All politics are local”. If I choose to run for something larger after my work at the local school board has concluded with positive results, then so be it, but I wanted to start locally to prove myself and that my policies have the ability to work. Also, age restrictions would have prevented me from pursuing any state or national office, so I was forced to take that into consideration as well. When I first started to look for a place to take my ideas, I thought that making the big step to the Florida Legislature would have been bold enough. But, after some thought, I felt it best to go with something that I knew very well, having just been a recent high school graduate: The School Board.

Keller: What three positions define your campaign for school board?

Wolfe: For school board, my first main campaign point is school security, a top priority. Without school security, the learning environment is unsafe and students may be afraid to even come to school. As such, increased partnerships with local police forces and hardening our schools against threats are included in this topic.

My next point is our school facilities. They are crumbling, with many foundations being cracked and flooding being prominent in schools after even heavy rain (the rain being a common occurrence in Florida). In order to address this issue, I have chosen to support our local half-Cent Sales Tax initiative with funding going directly to our school facilities to help fund projects. I have also long advocated for a re-visitation of the school budget to find where inefficiency wreaks havoc on the revenue we already have, and allocate those monies more effectively.

The third point I have chosen to run on is teacher compensation. Our teachers are paid at the bottom of the list on average compared to the rest of Florida, and many counties with a much smaller tax base somehow find themselves being able to afford higher salaries than us. We should revisit our budget, as I mentioned, and find a way to allocate for at least 3% salary increases over each of the next four years, a total of 12%, to get us back on track with the rest of the state.

Keller: What change do you want to see?

Wolfe: Change is something that our school board seems afraid of. Change in leadership, change in policy, change in testing, change in relationships with the state of Florida. We need a younger person, who has seen the problems with public schools, who has experienced them less than two months ago, in order to make these changes happen for the better.

Keller: How can people get involved in your campaign or learn more if interested?

Wolfe: If readers would like to know more, my website is www.paulwolfe4ac.com, my campaign email is [email protected], and my phone number, which can be reached any time between 8am and 8pm, is 352-231-2485.

Keller: Do you have any final remarks to make?

Wolfe: My final remarks would be this: If you wish to see a change in the world, be that change. If you want to see your local municipal government take a direction, run for that office. If you want to see something in your state Constitution change, advocate actively for it. If you want to see our Congress turn from the destructive path it is on, run for that office. By simply talking about change, we do nothing. But running for office, taking charge in local communities of efforts, and being so loud you cannot be ignored can all be ways by which we affect change in our communities. I would like to thank 71Republic and John Keller for giving me this platform on which to communicate these ideas and look forward to answering any questions readers may have on these issues.

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