Teachers and student "activism"

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Solomonia covers an interesting case in Massachusetts where 4 students of a teacher in Andover High School (a public school, not the famous prep school) were found working collecting signatures for a petition to have the City of Somerville divest itself from stock holdings in Isareli companies and companies which do defense—related business with Israel. May interesting issues are raised, not least of which is the propriety of a public school teacher recruiting students, to whom he or she hands out a grade, for political work.

Of course, the entire project, with its double standards applied to Israel, is faulty. But when children are lured in by (in this case) a physics teacher on the public payroll, it becomes even more questionable.

Thomas Lifson   6 4 06

Solomonia covers an interesting case in Massachusetts where 4 students of a teacher in Andover High School (a public school, not the famous prep school) were found working collecting signatures for a petition to have the City of Somerville divest itself from stock holdings in Isareli companies and companies which do defense—related business with Israel. May interesting issues are raised, not least of which is the propriety of a public school teacher recruiting students, to whom he or she hands out a grade, for political work.

Of course, the entire project, with its double standards applied to Israel, is faulty. But when children are lured in by (in this case) a physics teacher on the public payroll, it becomes even more questionable.

Thomas Lifson   6 4 06