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A teacher at an elementary school in Evan Yehuda was forced to stop teaching her students, after she arrived at the institution with a shirt emblazoned with the phrase "There is no education without democracy".
This, on the grounds of expressing a political position and at the decision of the school principal.
The teacher, who serves as the coordinator, educator and math teacher at the Beit Avi school in the city, said that she arrived at the school this morning (Thursday) after taking part in an activity against the legal revolution, as part of the "National Disruption Day". She also said that she even sent an invitation to the education team At the school with an offer to join the demonstration, after which she was called to a conversation with the principal of the school scheduled for the rest of the day.
When she arrived at the institution, and on her body was a shirt with the inscription "There is no education without democracy" - she encountered "severe resistance", phone calls to the supervisor and an implied threat of calling security, if she did not change her shirt. After that, she said, she went to the manager's office for a conversation. "I was forced to take off my shirt again,
"What is political about supporting democracy?".
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"Because it's 'expressing a political position'. What is political about supporting democracy, the basis for the common existence of all of us? How does it fit with education for pluralism and freedom of expression? It's not clear. After 23 years in the system, I'm just sad, but I'm not going to give up," said the teacher.
The Ministry of Education stated: "The teacher arrived on the school grounds while promoting a political agenda in a provocative manner, when she wore a shirt identifying with the protest and handed out protest shirts to the students. In light of her behavior that does not match what is expected of teaching staff on controversial topics, she was politely asked to stop. These days Even more than ever, our role is sharpened and the mission chosen by the educators, as trustees of the educational and academic training of the students, to act statefully to maintain balance and neutrality, as a protection for the enabling development of the children in any way they choose. A teaching employee must not conduct propaganda by himself or by an agent on his behalf, Within the territory of the educational institution and/or among students of an educational institution. This does not contradict the right of a teacher or administrator to vote and/or adhere to this or that political opinion as a private individual."
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