No place for hatred…


Good teachers have always created inclusive classrooms.

Their work is made more difficult, though, by bigoted and demagogic political leaders who speak to this nation’s fears and arouse hatred.

While I have been pleased to see so many politicians from across the political spectrum rebuke Donald Trump for his divisive and hateful views, it may be too little and too late.

Even now Trump continues to be the Republican front runner, and I am deeply concerned about the damage he is likely to do here and abroad before he is done.

In such times the work of good teachers and administrators in building inclusive classrooms and schools is more important than ever.

4 Responses to “No place for hatred…”

  1. 1 Tom De Bello December 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    One of the first things we learn as teachers and administrators is that hateful acts and statement of bigotry cannot be ignored. We correct misinformation, we quickly erase the graffiti. But, for whatever reasons, intelligent and caring people sat by for months while Trump’s hatred was spewed forth. “Well, he’s just bringing issues to the fore,” or “You can’t take him seriously, but he does have a point,” are just a sampling of things otherwise sensible people have said.
    Having a point of view about immigration or radical Islam is one thing, we do live in a democracy that values free speech, fueling hatred and divisiveness is quite another thing. Trump’s followers see his solutions as protective of our nation, but history has taught us otherwise. Just like we do in school, we need to correct misinformation and “erase the graffiti.” I can’t help but think of Martin Niemöller’s “First they came for the socialists . . . then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.” I sincerely hope that it is not “. . . too little, too late.”

  2. 3 Wanda Dean December 14, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Well said, gentlemen. It is a very troubling time in our country. I hope we wake up soon.

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