A history teacher in Silicon Valley was placed on paid leave Thursday after comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
A parent complained about remarks by Frank Navarro, who’s taught at Mountain View High for 40 years.
“The Oracle, Mountain View High’s independent student newspaper, said some of Navarro’s students alleged his lessons were one-sided,” reports Sharon Noguchi.
“Everything I talk about is factually based,” said the teacher. “It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”
Like Hitler, Trump was elected. I wonder what the other “hard facts” are.
In a letter to parents, Principal Dave Grissom said he is obliged to maintain an “emotionally safe environment” for students, reports SFGate.
Also on Thursday, Milpitas High School Principal Phil Morales was placed on administrative leave for using a profanity about Trump during a student walkout.
Greg, a social studies teacher in Texas, is encouraged by his students. “An impromptu discussion of the election — and why Trump may not be able to accomplish many of his goals — made me realize that my students actually get what I have been teaching about the Constitution, the limits of government power, and the ability of the people to bring change through their involvement.”
In Los Angeles, a substitute PE teacher was fired for telling students their undocumented parents would be deported and they’d be placed in foster care.
I thought at first he was teaching that Trump is evil, but later stories say he was taunting inattentive students. On an audio tape, he tells a sixth grader that “the system” knows where to find them. “I have your phone numbers, your address, your mama’s address, your daddy’s address. It’s all in the system, sweetie.”
By executive order, President Obama deferred deportation for young people brought here illegally as children and offered work permits. That’s an enormous boon to “Dreamers” trying to build their future. President Trump could end deferred deportation and work permits for non-legal residents with a stroke of the pen. Surely, he will.
Undocumented students have reason to fear the future. I’m not sure what their teachers should be telling them.