Sprung! Teacher’s vow to turn kids off voting right

Sprung! Teacher’s vow to turn kids off voting right, by Michael Owen.

A public school teacher vowed to “ensure that the next generation of voters in my classroom don’t vote Liberal” in a social media post she thought would never become public.

South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas yesterday lashed Woodville High School teacher and union delegate Regina Wilson over her inflammatory post on the Australian Education Union’s Facebook page, which he described as “outrageous and unacceptable”. …

Ms Wilson yesterday told The Australian she was “not legally ­allowed” to do what she had posted. “I am not legally allowed to; so what I posted was just a comment but I am not legally allowed to as a teacher speak to my students about anything political,” she said. “I just made a comment to my (Facebook) friends because I didn’t think it would go public. I would never, ever do that and I have never, ever done that. …

Ms Wilson insisted she had ­always acted appropriately in the classroom and “never influenced them (students) in any way with politics, religion, sexual orientation or anything like that”. …

Ms Wilson’s post said: “I am going to try to ensure that the next generation of voters in my classroom don’t vote Liberal, without being political of course, as I won’t tell my students what to think, but I teach them how to be critical thinkers who question those in power and especially those who seek to keep the status quo for the rich, upper classes and refuse to acknowledge the rest of us.

Like the ABC, never saying overtly or explicitly politically biased. But, by selection of material, framing, and tone, nonetheless ensuring that her audience is firmly swayed to the left.

hat-tip Stephen Neil