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Basic Trope: A teacher brings his/her political or religious beliefs into the classroom, whether it's appropriate to do so or not.

  • Straight: Ms. Smith's history lesson clears up any abiguity as to what part of the political spectrum she's on.
  • Exaggerated: Ms. Smith fails anyone who disagrees with her.
  • Downplayed: Ms. Smith clearly has strong opinions on a subject, but tries not to let them affect her teaching.
  • Justified:
    • Ms. Smith is a teacher at an Assimilation Academy of some sort.
    • Or even if it's not an Assimilation Academy, the school system requires it.
    • Ms. Smith is a Soapbox Sadie type character outside of the classroom as well as in it.
    • The class is specifically about political opinions, and Ms. Smith's not the only one stating her opinions.
  • Inverted: The students of Ms. Smith all have strong political opinions. She insists that they keep their debates out of the classroom.
  • Subverted: Ms. Smith dresses and seems like a Hippie Teacher, but it otherwise doesn't affect her teaching.
  • Double Subverted: Until the history class gets to The '60s, and her passion for that era comes out in her lesson.
  • Parodied: Ms. Smith's classroom is decorated with paraphernalia from her political persuasion.
  • Zig Zagged: Ms. Smith teaches several different history classes. Her political biases are fairly obvious in World History, but she's much more even-handed in American History. Except when it comes to the Sixties and the current administration, where she can't bring herself to be neutral. And her honors History of Economics class is nothing but political rants about her favorite economic philosophy.
  • Averted:
    • Ms. Smith does not bring politics into the classroom.
    • Ms. Smith teaches about what her side believes and what the other side believes, and lets the students think for themselves with no repercussions.
  • Enforced: "Let's make some commentary on how schools influence politics, or how parents' politics influence schools!"
  • Lampshaded: "Just you wait and see; with Ms. Smith as our math teacher, it's going to be forty-five minutes of The Proper Role of Multiplication in Modern Society."
  • Invoked: The P.T.A. in a Democratic Socialist Republic wants books, lessons, and teachers that will better help their kids learn properly.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Ms. Smith doesn't believe that politics should be brought into the classroom. If she wants the kids to understand the context behind the beliefs and actions of a group, she will explain them, but not push the students to agree (or disagree) with them.
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • May be viewed as unfair and biased by parents and students, or lead to brainwashing.
    • Ms. Smith gets fired because the school board fears the controversy that could ensue from her sharing her political beliefs with her students.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Ms. Smith makes no secret or bones about her own political views but is open-minded; she's willing to encourage the students to develop their own views on the issues she discusses rather than expect them to blindly parrot hers.
    • Ms. Smith's strong political views revolve around free speech. She lauds any student who speaks their mind about politics, especially when they refute hers.
  • Played For Laughs: Political Satire
  • Played For Drama: Society goes down the toilet (or not, Depending on the Writer) as the next generation is brainwashed into this ideology.

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