Maine Legislator Larry Lockman Speaks on the Radio about the K-12 Code of Ethics He Introduced
"It's a common sense measure."
In an interview with a local radio station, Maine Representative Lawrence Lockman talks about his education bill, a version of the Freedom Center's Code of Ethics for K-12 Teachers.
"It is meant to restore just basic principles of public education in a democracy and to prevent teachers from inserting partisan politics into their teaching," explained Lockman.
"Since the beginnings of public education in the United States, it's been assumed that in a democracy teachers should teach children how to think, not teach them what to think. But now we have progressive teachers, administrators, textbook publishers, and they are pushing to ensure that children as early as kindergarten practice 'correct thinking' and I'm using the air quotes here in the studio, 'correct thinking' on subjects such as racial guilt, gender identity, illegal immigration, or other controversial issues," he continued.
"So simply put, this code of ethics would forbid teachers from endorsing candidates as part of their classroom instruction, from introducing controversial material not germane to subjects being taught and generally from using their classrooms as bully pulpits for political, social or religious advocacy. Parents want teachers to leave their partisan politics at the schoolhouse door."
Listen to the radio interview HERE (click the blue arrow to play)