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This Mexican-American Teacher Has Been Put On Leave For Comparing Trump To Hitler

He said he would do it again.

A history teacher from Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Calif., has been placed on paid leave after comparing President-Elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during a history lesson. Frank Navarro has been a teacher at Mountain View High School for 40 years and is a Holocaust expert, according to The Mercury News. Navarro studied at the International Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Jerusalem and was a Mandel Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997. Navarro claims that the history lesson, that was reported by a parent and student via email, was not based on his own personal opinion or political leanings. Instead, Navarro says that his lesson was based on historical fact.

The Mexican-American schoolteacher sees no problem with the lesson he taught to his students.

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“This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech,” Navarro told The Mercury News. “Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”

Navarro also says that he was never shown the email that was sent by a concerned parent nor did the school take their own look at the history lesson in question.

The Holocaust scholar and expert didn’t set out to present Trump as a modern-day Hitler. Instead, he spoke about both candidates and drew parallels to 1930s Germany.

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Navarro also drew parallels between Hitler’s attack on Jews and Poles, to Trump’s attack on the Muslim-American community.

“I said [to school officials], ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show we where I’m wrong,'” Navarro told The Mercury News. “And there was silence.”

Navarro was touched after learning some of his students started a petition to get him back into the classroom. When asked if he would teach the same lesson again, he said:

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“I’ve had Mexican kids come and say, ‘Hey, Mr. Navarro, I might be deported,'” Navarro told The Mercury News. “Is it better to see bigotry and say nothing? That’s what the principal was telling me. In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry.”


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The Internet Is Freaking Out About This Letter A Teacher Left For Her Students

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The Internet Is Freaking Out About This Letter A Teacher Left For Her Students

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A few days after the presidential election, student Natalie Gomez shared this Twitpic of a letter her English teacher wrote and placed on their classroom door:

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Here’s a more legible version of the letter:

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Most of the Twitterverse celebrated what this teacher did.

Someone get her an award!

Students responded in total admiration.

https://twitter.com/FideliaIkeshia/status/797097597500436480

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Wishing that they could arrive to class with such an inspiring and caring teacher.

Others couldn’t find the words.

https://twitter.com/bottomali/status/797062743970955264

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They were incredibly moved by the teacher’s words.

Emotions were running HIGH.

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Leading to an outpour of tears. ??

Someone pass the box of tissues.

But of course, a few found a reason to knock the letter.

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There’s always that one person.

Some questioned why white students weren’t mentioned.

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However, all of the groups of people the teacher included in this letter were the specific groups that Donald Trump has attacked.

Because they felt left out.


Or segregated.

But the teacher is showing one on one support to the specific groups of people Trump has oppressed.

But overall, people loved what this teach did so much they want to campaign to send her to “The Ellen Show.”


Because most would agree that in a time like this, the world needs more teachers like her. ?

https://twitter.com/FideliaIkeshia/status/797097597500436480


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