Should teachers be politically androgynous?
Barbie Dolls, besides lacking correct anatomy and proportions, perpetually smile-at everything. Their vapid expressions often connote brainlessness or at least ignorance. In essence, Barbie Dolls are passive, happy toys.
For some Americans, the ideal image of a teacher is similar to that of a Barbie Doll: pleasant, non-confrontational, amusing, and benign. A perfect public servant.
When teachers hold strong political opinions on either side of the aisle, they are often told to “keep their thoughts to themselves.” My colleagues and I were instructed to do so after the 2016 presidential election.
Recently as I was scrolling through my Facebook News-feed, I noticed an angry exchange over a post on a page called “You Can’t Scare Me, I’m A Teacher,” a humorous community page with over 100,000 followers.