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Letter: Teacher bias occurs beneath the surface

Mr. Scanlan was adamant that there is no radical leftist bias in Carroll County Public Schools. He made it clear that CCEA has admonished staff not to be biased in the classroom. But what he fails to recognize is that bias, by its very nature, is insidious. It occurs when a Social Studies teacher says that the Great Depression was a failure of capitalism, never mentioning that it was a failure of government. It occurs when teachers explain that the New Deal helped people during the Great Depression, instead of covering the body of work that confirms that it prolonged the misery. It occurs when teachers openly weep in school hallways after the election of President Trump. It occurs when teachers roll their eyes at the mention of the president's name, or laugh, or scowl. The thing about bias is that it occurs beneath the surface, so much so that it isn't even noticed by the biased person. Even if they have spent 30 years in the school system.

Dave Owings

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Finksburg

The writer is an English teacher at South Carroll High School.

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