Not very many of us can say this, but Dallas Rico, a Latino teacher, is actually thankful for Donald Trump. It’s not what you’re thinking, though.
Rico has been using Trump’s rhetoric as a teaching opportunity. You see, instead of having to reference a history book or a passage from the New Jim Crow to teach a lesson on racism, he’s referencing everything Trump has said about Latinos, Muslims, Asians, etc. It’s a lesson that teaches how racism is alive — just think about the millions of Trump followers — and that many of his students may, unfortunately, experience.
“It’s important to me that my students understand how the world operates beyond their neighborhood,” he said in an essay for the Huffington Post. “Though the real possibility of him being elected president frightens me, public reactions to Trump’s comments serve as a litmus test for where our country stands on race, gender and immigration.”
Rico sees this as a way to prepare his students to face the world we live in saying, “I want my students of color to recognize that one day they will have to interact with the “Trumps” of the world in college and in life. They need to become equipped to navigate that world. Discussing Trump’s antics helps facilitate this.”
While a good lesson, we’re hoping Trump stops giving him so much material.
Read more about Dallas Rico’s lesson plans here.
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