Almost four years ago I was a student teacher and I was under a very outspoken co-operating teacher. She had very strong opinions about politics and didn't bother keeping her personal opinions from the students. If the news was on T.V. and piece came on about a politician she didn't like, she would make negative comments, or at least roll her eyes. If it was somebody she approved of, she would find something positive to say or say nothing at all. The same was true for her political beliefs. As a teacher, I know that situations arise and students will ask questions. I try to be as neutral as possible. I do not believe that it is their business (or their parents') what my political choices or beliefs are. I do teach the importance of researching all views so they can make an informed decision on their own, and not simply relying on the news or their parents'. Any other opinions on this topic? Especially since it is an election year? I don't know if elementary teachers have to deal with this issue very much, but middle and high school teachers face it more often. Maybe some of you don't mind voicing your stance or don't see anything wrong with it.