German Teachers’ Association laments ‘climate of intimidation’
After the beheading of a teacher in Paris, the German Teachers' Association also fears a "climate of intimidation" in local schools.
Published: October 21, 2020, 4:25 am
“The pressure is particularly high in hot-spot schools with a high proportion of students with a corresponding migration background,” association head Heinz-Peter Meidinger told the Neue Passauer Presse.
For example, educators would be asked not to deal with subjects such as the Middle East conflict or Israel in the classroom. Pressure comes from parents as well as from students, said Meidinger. Politically and historically sensitive issues in particular led to conflicts.
Many teachers are therefore afraid of showing caricatures of Mohammed during lessons on freedom of art or freedom of expression. “They prefer to keep their hands off that,” explained the head of the association.
There are more and more attempts to influence and hinder educators in their task of “conveying values and democracy,” he explained. “Values education and democracy classes must not become a test of courage for teachers!”
The spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Steve Alter, emphasized however that the agency currently has no evidence that certain professional groups are at risk if they freely express their opinion.
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