No Teacher Neutrality

Why Unbiased Education Is Impossible

With each passing year in the classroom, I become more convinced that there is no such thing as neutral teaching. When I began my teaching career, I tried to be impartial and sit on the fence on controversial issues that arose in my history classes. That is, after all, what most teacher training programs in colleges across the country tell their students to do. Aspiring teachers are encouraged not to be a "sage on the stage," as their own teachers probably were, but instead a "guide on the side." This slogan first appeared in the 1980s and was meant for teachers of gifted students,1 but it is now ubiquitous, being quoted everywhere from professional development meetings to job interviews as a sort of...


is a classical educator, furniture-maker, and vicar at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also taught high school history for thirteen years and studied at Messiah College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Winthrop University. In addition to Salvo, Josh has written for Areo, FORMA, Front Porch Republic, Mere Orthodoxy, Public Discourse, Quillette, The Imaginative Conservative, Touchstone, and is a frequent guest on Issues, Etc. Radio Show/Podcast.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #56, Spring 2021 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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