Ten of America’s best teachers say they can no longer remain on the sidelines of the 2016 election.
Per Daily Kos, ten winners of assorted state “Teacher of the Year” awards have written a joint letter opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy, while saying that they could no longer be neutral about an election this dangerous.
Specifically, the teachers said that Trump’s behavior has made it harder for them to teach children how to properly treat one another.
“We teach children that girls are just as smart, capable, and worthy of respect as boys,” they write. “Donald Trump has mocked women in myriad ways, including his post-debate tirades against Alicia Machado, his off-color innuendo about FOX host Megyn Kelly, and his predatory boasts about groping.”
The teachers then go on to discuss the toll that the election has taken on their students, many of whom fear for their safety if Trump becomes president.
“The fear felt by people of color, including young children and their families, is real,” they write. “An eight-year old Mexican-American girl came up to her teacher, her eyes wide and her expression solemn. She asked: ‘Mr. Minkel, are you scared of Donald Trump? I am very afraid of him.’ An Indian-American woman told her former teacher: “Mr. O, my 9 year-old came home upset and asked me if we will have to live on the other side of the wall—because that’s where brown people will have to live—and whether I will still be her mom if Trump wins.”
The whole letter can be found at this link.