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Letter From a Teacher to Kids

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Almost certainly, you have had good and bad teachers, and you know what makes them good or bad. Each year I would have kids write on index cards three questions they wanted to know about me. Can you guess what the main one was, about 75% or more of the time?


It was, "Are you nice?" or something very close to that. My answer was that I would try to be the nicest teacher they ever had, if they were nice. But the opposite was also true: You be mean, and I'll be the meanest teacher you ever had. But somehow we always became friends, as I think teachers and students should always be.


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I also mean by putting kids first that we adults should be thinking of all humans getting along, stopping wars, ending pollution, working on other sources of energy, concerning ourselves seriously with climate change, making our environment healthy for all animals and plants, and making a society where people are not spending lots of time in jail and court and doing stupid things.


I think we should be doing everything possible to make jobs meaningful, both for your parents now and you when you get older. No person in America should have to go hungry or wonder if they'll be able to stay in their own house. Houses should be comfortable and affordable for everyone.

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We should not see people begging for money on every other street corner. We should not see garbage or have adults telling us we can't afford any of these things. Those who do are simply lying to us, and they should not be tolerated.


We should not let people make money by scamming others. Everyone should have a meaningful job, no worries about healthcare, no concerns about where their next meal is coming from.


I believe that educated and thinking minds are our most important resource, and that these are the future of our country, and even the world. I think college education should be free for those who really want it and prove by hard work that they do.

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I could go on and I actually have, on my main website, voteutah.us (that I encourage you to look at, along with some of the videos and links on there too--or at least the sites I mention below).


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In my run for U.S. Senate against Utah's Orrin Hatch, I posted many progressive ideas and principles that I internalized over the years. I'm leaving that site up indefinitely, since it describes what I believe most members of our species truly (more...)

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