It's utterly ridiculous that Israeli educator cannot voice opinion is newspaper... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 11.01.13 | 05:59 (IST)

    We teach our students to be critical thinkers and demonstrate integrity in how they live their lives. Writing an opinion piece (or in schools we call it a persuasive letter which has to be supported with detailed arguments) is currently a fundamental teaching requirement we are teaching from grades 4 to 12 in Canada. In democracies we not only strive for pluralism but respect that people hold different perspectives on issues of concern. When someone such as this Israeli principal is courageous to proactively take a political position - he's admonished for doing so. It's McCarthyism once again. In Canada, for example, currently the son of one of the most celebrated prime ministers, former PM Pierre Trudeau, is running for the leadership of the Liberal Party - Justin Trudeau. Justin is a former teacher before he decided to enter the political life and he's a very opinioned candidate. In fact, many educators in Canada decided to enter politics to continue their public service and enhance their communities. Why should it be so different in Israel?

    from the article: Huldai must defend pluralism
    First published 04:27 11.01.13 | Last updated 04:27 11.01.13
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