EmpowerED Georgia Exclusive | Imagine if traditional public school students were given an assignment to write letters in support of their public schools to their legislators telling them about the negative impact of budget cuts. Imagine the thousands of letters and emails state officials would receive talking about increased class sizes, shortened school calendars, and limited course offerings.
Most Georgians (and legislators) would support students getting engaged in the political process but not at the expense of taxpayer dollars and precious instructional time.
Though sympathetic to the cause, there would be public outcry that teachers would pressure their students through class assignments or even grades.
In an email, a pro-charter advocacy group...asks charter school students to reach out to their legislators...this effort crosses ethical boundaries
The email goes on to hide student lobbying behind the veil of academic enrichment by stating “this project combines social studies, language arts and technology.”
Clearly, this effort is more about promoting charters than our children. This effort crosses ethical boundaries and erodes the trust between teacher and student by inviting politics right into the classroom.