Education Trumps Ignorance

Dear Reader,
are you a teacher or a parent, trying to explain to your children the importance of
the US election result today?
Me too.  It’s hard, not because my kids don’t understand what sexism or racism is,, but because they are used to a safe world where we arbitrarily pick teams and root for them.  They see politics as an extension of that.
Usually it is.
Sometimes I ‘don’t like’ politicians; almost always I ‘mistrust’ them.  Usually I am frustrated by the conventions of the political system that mean I can’t pick policies over people, that I have
to align myself to a party when I don’t really feel represented by any of them.  I always vote but rarely feel heard. I have been guilty of using hyperbole to describe politicians in the past or making cheap judgements about them.  I have interpreted their bland political statements in the ways I find convenient.  I have swallowed soundbites about them.
But this is different.  I can’t know for sure, but I’m as certain as I can be that Trump has not been particularly misrepresented by the media (or certainly not in a negative way). I don’t just ‘dislike’ or ‘mistrust’ him. Regardless of the confines of the system he is operating in, I cannot see an argument that he is a good leader or a good politician, unless your narrow and outdated definition is one of aggression, bluster or empty yet strangely inarticulate rhetoric. Robbed of
the hyperbole I have wasted on public figures in the past, I can only say that he is ‘dangerous’ or ‘ignorant’ or ‘a bigot’.
But the confidence I have in using those terms is more absolute than I have ever had before.
This isn’t about the other team winning.  It’s about a rich white old man winning in a world where rich white old men always win – same old story.  But what makes this different is he nonchalantly unmasked the hatred his campaign was built on, said the insayable, threatened people and discriminated against them and provably lied to them and reviled them – dehumanised them – and got elected anyway.  He isn’t just ‘not my preference’.  He is everything I stand against.  He is an embodiment of a retrograde step in global thought-progression, a beacon of what I don’t want my children or my pupils to become – and he’s now an international role model. He’s the
playground bully on a pedestal, the immature dismissive heckler on a podium, the ultimate misogynist with a microphone.
I didn’t have the words or the articulacy to tell me kids this on the way to school today.  When they asked me how I felt, the only urgency I could add was an expletive, the only summary I could summon was: ‘I’m fucking appalled.’
I pledge this:
As a teacher and a parent, every single time he airs these views, every ‘fact’ he pulls from
his ass and every sexist comment he makes; every racist joke and every snide privileged
remark, I will tell the next generation THIS IS BULLSHIT and explain exactly why.
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One Comment

  1. Christopher Allan
    13th July 2017

    I can understand your antagonism towards Trump. Because of the way the electoral college works he got elected despite Hillary having some 2.5 million more votes (if I recall the figures correctly)..

    His public utterances make him look an ass at times (maybe at all times) but this is what politics has become in the USA. He had no political experience of any kind, which is certainly unusual. Perhaps it was this very aspect that appealed to the people and enabled him to get elected.

    To be fair to him, should we not “wait and see” before pronouncing judgment? He may yet prove more popular than present commentators believe. I simply don’t know.

    What it boils down to, it seems to me is that whereas the great majority of political figures in the US & the UK have certain thoughts and ideas BUT are afraid to say them publicly, Trump is not afraid to say them.

    He COULD yet be impeached but probably won’t be because of the Republican majority in congress. He may be forced to voluntarily stand down, but I doubt this also. In any case, his vice-president is of the same ilk!

    My own view is still: Give him a chance. Give him, say, 12 months at least. Then take stock and review the situation. For the moment he is likely to last longer than mother Theresa.

    I’ll read some of your other ‘articles’ as time allows. I am a bit of a maths guy myself, though have never been a teacher.


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