Fluke or Tip of the Iceberg of Teachers’ Political Bias?


Here’s one of those stories, this time by Ilya Feokitstov on The Federalist, that makes one wonder whether it just so happened that an email coming to public light expressed outrageous ideas or that scratching the surface of the institution would reveal the same thing all over the place:

Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the “call for objectivity” in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as “liberal propagandist[s]” for the cause of social justice.

This informal pact was made in an exchange of emails among history teachers at Newton North High School, part of a very rich but academically mediocre public school district with an annual budget of $200 million, a median home price of almost half a million, and a median household income of more than $120,000. Read the entire email exchange here.

I obtained the emails under a Massachusetts public records law after one of those teachers arranged, earlier this year, for an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel organization to show Palestinian propaganda films at Newton North.

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Actually, one doesn’t wonder much whether these emails are relegated to the fringe or representative.  The proof is in the product, and the teachers’ perspectives are entirely in line with the philosophy that governs American pedagogy these days.  Further evidence can be found in those attributes of the most recent generations of graduates about which we hear so many complaints.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Please do not take this as “anti-Semitism”, I do not really have an opinion to offer. Newton is a very Jewish community. I have had Jewish friends move from there because they thought it was “too Jewish”. I mention this only because it seems an odd place for Palestinian propaganda films to gain much support. Certainly an unlikely place to be a hot bed of anti-Semitism. From conversations with friends, I recall “Newton North” having a high Jewish population, all seems very odd.

    On the other hand, I have had Jewish friends express dissatisfaction with the treatment of Palestinians in Israel. Thinking of themselves as “Americans”, they didn’t like that Palestinians were denied the vote. I have reason to wonder if they would have expressed that opinion if I was Jewish.

  • Voucher Man

    You quote an article that indicates “a very rich but academically mediocre public school district” which then provides a link to the U.S.News rankings indicating that it’s a Gold Medal school. Kind of brings into question the author’s competency

    • Rhett Hardwick

      “Newton North” has a very good reputation. No idea how it ranks nationally.