During discussions of the "Education Improvement Act" (Bill 22) in British Columbia, teachers have been mandated to refrain from the utilization of political quotes.
Teachers in British Columbia are being mandated to refrain from quoting Dr Seuss in schools. Several teachers have received letters from the school district letting them know that they could be disciplined for displaying political messages.
One Grade 1 Teacher was told by administration that she could face disciplinary action for displaying the following quote from Dr Seuss’ “Yertle the Turtle” on her clothing.
“I know, up on the top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights”
The President of the Price Rupert District’s Teachers Union, Joanna Larson was quoted by National Post saying the administration does not want students to see these messages.
“We feel very censored here right now. We have feelings that our rights to freedom of expression have been violated,” Larson said.
The Teachers Union, which is currently in strong opposition of the controversial Bill 22 which was proposed by the BC Government is seeing this as deeply upsetting to teachers, who feel they are being censored.
“If they try to use a heavy-handed approach, we just have more people trying to exercise civil disobedience,” Larson said.