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Jeannie Kaplan: When Did American Become Mean?by Diane Ravitch & Jeannie Kaplan

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'When did it become acceptable for Americans to be so overtly MEAN to one another… Our Founding Fathers would not recognize the crass discourse we are witnessing today. They worked tirelessly to collaborate, unite and adopt those 4543 words. One can obviously argue about equity, justice, tranquility, liberty for whom. But I do believe they hoped this new experiment called America would increase everyone’s opportunities for equity, justice, tranquility and liberty. Their hope was not to increase MEANness and ME –ism. It was not to deMEAN others, but rather to produce a country where democracy prevailed and where people would treat each other as they would like to be treated. In the words of Khzir Khan, “We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division. We are stronger together.”

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