Do you ever give your own political opinions in the classroom? Since I mostly sub in elementary school, it's not too hard to avoid, but sometimes in Social Studies, I try to bring in a contemporary example if it matches up with what the kids are learning. The kids want to pipe up with their own opinons, which, at that age, is only what they hear from their parents. Older kids will also try to derail the discussion. On the one hand, they have a fascination with what adults think and do and they really are curious, but they're also trying to throw off the lesson and spend time on a discussion to eat up class time and avoid doing work. There's no way on Earth I'll get into a debate on politics with a middle-schooler. Do you let your political opinions out in class? When I was in HS, I had a Government teacher who basically taught the class from his own beliefs. I always thought that was wrong, and swore never to do it.