One in three teachers self-censor when discussing Catalan politics, warns report
A quarter of surveyed families don’t want politics discussed in the classroom
The political situation in Catalonia and the accusations of indoctrination against schools undermined teachers’ freedom of expression, warns a report from the Fundació Bofill.
Out of 2,666 surveyed professors, 29.3% said they no longer discuss politics or social issues in class for fear of them not being well received.
The vast majority of Catalan teachers (70%) believe that such topics ought to be open for debate, as they consider them part of the curriculum, but only 12.4% say they feel comfortable doing so "naturally."
A tiny fraction (12.2%) of professors are against tackling such issues altogether, with some claiming they are "delicate topics that foster division" (5%). In all, 4% of surveyed teachers believe students should be sheltered from political debates.
The report also interviewed 9,794 parents. Most of them (70%) believe that professors should discuss politics and social issues in class, and over half of them (54%) even said that the situation in Catalonia provides an "opportunity" for students to develop their "own criteria."
Still, a quarter of parents surveyed (26.7%) don’t want politics to be discussed in class. Half of them (13%) want to avoid teachers influencing their children with their political ideas, and 10% say tackling such issues would "deepen divisions."