I have often shared Frederick Hess’ insights on schools here.
Unfortunately, for the first time, I feel moved to critique one of his pieces that just appeared in U.S. News, Stop Teaching Anti-Trump Bias (thanks to Alexander Russo for sharing it on Twitter). The piece says, among other things, that educator “histrionics” are causing student anxieties about the impact of a Trump Presidency.
I have to wonder if Rick or his co-author have been in a public school over the past week, or if they’ve seen these news reports over the past few days:
Trump surrogates are already citing Japanese internment camps from WW II as “precedent” for Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/DVnjtom0mc
— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) November 17, 2016
Donald Trump’s proposed “Muslim registry,” explained is from Vox.
How Painful Can Trump Make the Lives of Immigrants? is from Slate.
Donald Trump is doing a great job on his own fueling those anxieties – no help is needed from teachers.
I’m sure some teachers — on both sides — have not handled this past week as well as they should have done. However, I’m equally sure that thousands have done a good job, using lessons like the ones found at The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics and at the bottom of The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, including the ones I did in my own classroom.
Educators get blamed for enough problems that we don’t cause – let’s not add another one to the list.
ADDENDUM: This post was picked up by The Washington Post, which reprinted a portion in an expanded critique of the article. It’s headlined Educators get blamed for everything. Now, it’s for fanning fear of Trump.