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"It’s time for those of us in education to revisit an old question: what’s our purpose? Is it to pass on what we know? Do Americans want their children to inherit today’s toxic politics or to emulate the politicians who lie to the public, ignore science, peddle bigotry, and eschew civil discourse. Why wouldn’t we expect students to reject climate change, evolution,or science itself when some of their leaders do the same?  Enlightened schools update their curricula with relevant, useful content and cultivate values like equity, critical analysis, and civil discourse. In addition to academics, they promote social, emotional, and moral development. They confront bullying and racism, teaching students to resolve their differences respectfully . They teach the value of facts and demand that students support their opinions with reasons and evidence—even when politicians don’t." 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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