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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:49 AM

Why Donald Trump Jr.'s 'loser teachers' comment was 'a chilling moment' for educators around the wor

Why Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘loser teachers’ comment was ‘a chilling moment’ for educators around the world
Trump Jr. tells young conservatives don't let teachers 'indoctrinate' you with socialism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/02/16/why-donald-trump-jr-loser-teachers-comment-was-a-chilling-moment-educators-around-world/

By Valerie Strauss
Reporter
February 16
You may recall that President Trump held a border wall rally in El Paso on Monday and that his eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., made a speech that roused the crowd.

The president’s son drew cheers when he urged young conservatives to “bring it to your schools” (though he didn’t say exactly what “it” was) because “you don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.”

The comment drew response on social media from teachers and others who don’t see educators in the same way as he does, with the hashtag #loserteachers. For example:

Proud to be one of the #LoserTeachers “indoctrinating” my students with lessons that teach critical thinking, communication, mindfulness, & empathy. I teach my students to write, to question, to imagine, to visualize the words in the books we read & the future they wish to lead.

— Danielle Rose (@danirose07) February 12, 2019
In this post, three teachers explain why Trump Jr.'s comment was more than simply mean.

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Research by the United Nations has shown that the globe is spinning toward a dramatic teacher shortage, with analysts predicting a shortage of 69 million teachers by 2030. This is the crisis we should be talking about.

We’ve seen overcrowded classrooms, long working hours, lack of professional development, burn out, low salaries, terrible retention rates and teachers across the United States striking to demand better teaching and learning conditions.

How does Donald Trump Jr.’s description of teachers as “losers” and the encouragement of hostility toward us solve these problems? How does it ignite passion in a new generation to pursue the world’s most important profession?


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littlemissmartypants Feb 2019 OP
duforsure Feb 2019 #1
underpants Feb 2019 #2
littlemissmartypants Feb 2019 #3
Freedomofspeech Feb 2019 #4
3Hotdogs Feb 2019 #6
no_hypocrisy Feb 2019 #5

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:59 AM

1. Like father like son,

He has the same tells, and uses this style of propaganda by accusing others of what they want to do to schools students, indoctrinate them like they do in China and elsewhere to promote their propaganda with at an early age. They used this in Cuba also to make the children believe what they wanted them to believe, for THEIR communist party. Just look at what he accuses others of and you'll be closer to the the opposite of the truth from this family.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 08:23 AM

2. My daughter wants to be a teacher

She's not in high school yet but that's her goal as of now.
I told her that teachers in Va are really low paid (they are finally getting a raise thanks to McAulliffe and Northam) but that's what she wants to do.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 08:34 AM

3. That was my hope too and I did it for a while.

It's the most fun. I hope she is able to maintain her focus and enthusiasm for the noble profession that it is.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 08:37 AM

4. Encourage her...

Other than financially, it is the most rewarding job on earth. I would not change one moment of my "loser" career.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 05:28 PM

6. I put 27 years into it. In the beginning, it was fun. As time went on, more emphasis on tests and

paperwork. I could elaborate, but what's the point?

The beginning of each year was the same. "We know you have a lot of paperwork, records, parent communication, grade calculation -- sometimes on a daily basis. Now, here's more.


EVERY teacher I began work with, can't wait to get out.

By the time I retired, I did feel like a loser.

Then, the pensions were attacked by Chris Christie. Our local newspaper has calculated that we lost 15% in increases we were promised because of his pension C.O.L.A. freeze.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:43 AM

5. Junior is a private school brat.

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