As a new teacher, you are in contact with hundreds of students in a day. A secondary teacher teaching seven classes a day, averaging 25 students per class, speaks to almost 200 students daily. These students then go home, and tell their parents what they talked about in your class (most of the time). The problem is that kids have a tendency to exaggerate, fabricate, and what baseball pitcher Roger Clemens calls “misremembering” things that you said. As a result, there are several topics that you should NEVER address in class, for fear that your words will be misconstrued.
2. Drug Use
7. Your Political Affiliations
9. Mistakes of Your Youth
Avoiding these topics in your classroom will keep you out of hot water with parents, students, and your administration!