Today I read that the LDP in Japan is "calling for ministry action against 'biased' teachers" who violate "political neutrality."
The government website defining violations of neutrality is very vague about what actually constitutes a violation, although the examples provided in the news report focus on criticism of the LDP's security legislation that would allow expanded Japanese support of allies' overseas missions:
LDP calling for ministry action against ‘biased’ teachers. THE ASAHI SHIMBUNJuly 20, 2016 http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607200034.htmlI always find it interesting to examine allegations of bias in the classroom.
Yet the website section itself created confusion over what specifically constitutes a violation of political neutrality. When the report form section was first posted, an initial statement said, “There are teachers who conduct education that deviates from neutrality by arguing, ‘Do not send our children to war zones.’” However, that supposedly biased quote was later changed to: “The national security laws should be abolished.” But even that quote was quickly deleted.
All information is positioned from a point of view. No information is entirely neutral. Hence, designations of "bias" reveal much about the norms and politics of truth-telling under current regimes of power.
We clearly now live in an epoch when the norms of truth-telling are increasingly policed with escalating punishments for those who do not conform to hegemonic regimes.