Political Revolution

Teachers Defend Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts

I recently found Momma Brown’s Blog, and love what Momma is doing. She’s a wife, mother, and teacher who is in full resistance mode, educator-style.

Momma is also editor of Teaching in Trump’s America on Medium. There she shared the transcript of teacher guru Angela Watson’s first podcast from the Truth for Teachers series, where Watson zeros in on the scourge of politics (and education): the manipulation of truth…

Teachers, you are on the front lines as defenders of truth. Our students need you more than ever.

“…Let me get a little more specific about what’s happening with teaching in particular, since we’re all educators here listening to this. We’ve allowed corruption in our government and injustice and inequity in our laws. We’ve sat on the sidelines as authority has been taken away from teachers and our students have been short changed, time after time after time.” ~ Angela Watson

READ MORE: Teachers, you are on the front lines as defenders of truth. Our students need you more than ever. | Teaching in Trump’s America

Be aware and fair.

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • This was outstanding!!! I am going to share!! I actually WAS political while I taught, just not in the classroom. I personally believe that children need to have a teacher who doesn’t express his or her opinions about politics because they can have too much influence over their students. The goal is to teach students to research candidates, decide what is important for their community and themselves, and then after doing research on a list of important goals, then they can make educated decisions. THAT is how we get better voters.

    Teachers have a huge influence on children. (Kids want to please their teachers.) So it is imperative to always stay neutral about religion and politics. However, I was the Union rep for my school and Chairperson of the school advisory board where we met with parents, teachers, and community businesses as well as school board members. This way my school had a good rapport with everyone and the teachers and community worked together. As the Union representative I made sure my school had a faculty council (which was their legal right to have) and they could go to those members if they felt administration or parents were not treating them fairly. Then if necessary a Union member would be present to address their concerns. In Florida we were legally not allowed to walk out or protest during school hours etc. We also had a morals clause in our contract etc. So the Union worked within our legal limits.

    It is very true that we are the peacemakers. I don’t like conflict, but I will fight for students and teachers to have the rights they are entitled to. Most female teachers were not aware that being pregnant entitles them automatically to being on disability should that need arise. That is why I advised all pregnant teachers to look into the county’s disability insurance. In some cases it was needed and literally saved those teachers from bankruptcy, since you cannot anticipate things going wrong during pregnancy. The school board insurance doesn’t give out that info unless you ask for it. So, when I became the rep I made sure my teachers knew their rights. I wasn’t radical (well I was quietly, but NOT in a loud disruptive way,) I just made sure we always voted and everyone knew legally what they could or could not do.

    In the classroom, however, I never expressed my personal beliefs. When I retired a few years ago I finally let it all come out that I was a liberal. Some people figured it out since I was the Union person at our school. But my students did not have a clue. I figured the best way to teach them was to just teach tolerance and about the political system etc. My goal was to make them think. NOT to influence their personal convictions.

    • I think I get your drift, Lesley. Without learning to think, school is more a training experience than education. At times it must be tempting to fill fresh, young minds with one’s own ideas, but that’s where principle, character, objectivity and professionalism step in. Thank you!

      • You can do that in literature. Oh I definitely gave my opinions about characters from novels. But politics? Never! At least not the ones who are still living. I think it is fine to debate historical figures who are no longer alive. And at every opportunity I made sure to include women in history who were excluded from the text books. But teaching children HOW to come to a decision making process is what being a good voter is about. It is deductive reasoning. Even in a simple school election. I had my students write an essay to run for student council. They needed to persuade with their attributes ad accomplishments and I insisted the class vote not on the most popular students but to be able to explain why they voted for whomever they did. After all if you can’t write an expository essay on why you elected someone, then you shouldn’t have voted for that person in the first place, right??? Certainly music, charm, and how looks helps sometimes, but there has to be more…

  • thanks for being
    a guiding light
    on this
    and other topical issues, JoAnn!
    time to whip those parents
    into taking action
    and supporting education :-)

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