posted by: Colin
| May 19, 2010, 04:24 PM
AAE’s Director of Education Policy and 1993 National Teacher of the Year Tracey Bailey was interviewed in a story about teacher activism for Congress.org.
The article reports on the activism of an Oregon schoolteacher who is in trouble for creating an anti-Tea Party Movement website.
Jason Levin is on paid administrative leave while the school district investigates whether or not he used work time or resources to create the website, which encouraged liberals to crash Tea Party protests and to collect social security numbers and other personal information of Tea Party supporters. The school has been inundated with angry letters from parents.
"It's not a prank when a teacher does it," said Tracey Bailey, education policy director at the Association of American Educators, which provides a teachers' code of ethics.
Bailey said that teachers get extensive training on the ethics of expressing their political views. They can attend political rallies and take part in the political system, but Bailey said Levin's actions show poor judgment.
Levin had suggested that tea party crashers gather personal information from the activists, and in doing so may have suggested identity fraud and illegal behavior.
"If a teacher lets their behavior go too far, even if that behavior is after school hours, they run a very significant risk of losing their job," he said.
The article’s author, Ambreen Ali, graciously linked to the AAE Code of Ethics for Educators. If you haven’t already, read this very unique document for yourself and print out a copy for a fellow educator.
At what point does teacher activism cross a line?
Are teachers held to a different standard? Should they be?