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Thanksgiving Day 2016 News: Trump Moves to Trash Public Education; “No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thanksgiving Day 2016. Also check out President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day address, which is particularly…I dunno, Panglossian this year?

  • NEA blasts DeVos nomination:

    The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

    “Every day, educators use their voice to advocate for every student to reach his or her full potential. We believe that the chance for the success of a child should not depend on winning a charter lottery, being accepted by a private school, or living in the right ZIP code. We have, and will continue, to fight for all students to have a great public school in their community and the opportunity to succeed no matter their backgrounds or circumstances.

    “Betsy DeVos has consistently worked against these values, and her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education. By nominating Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators and communities.

    “The National Education Association advocates for investing in smart strategies that we know help to improve the success of all our students, including creating more opportunities and equity for students, classes small enough for one-on-one attention, modern textbooks and a well-rounded curriculum for every student. We also know that the voices of educators — those who know the names of the students they educate — should always be present at the table when making decisions that impact student success. Educators will continue to focus on raising their voices in support of their students and against any effort by the Trump administration to undermine the educational opportunity of all public school students.”

  • True Blue

    The following excerpts somewhat express how I feel today. The best I could muster was to send a rather impersonal Thanksgiving poem about nature and the season to my groups.

    “As much as I’d love to post a perky “Happy Thanksgiving” and get all mushy about the things I’m thankful for (and there are things), today feels substantially different to me.”

    “We are about to plunge into a world where we are likely to be inundated daily with attacks on our democratic norms, those principles we hold most dear to us, and yes, even our physical well-being.”

    “So before I share some ideas for how to cope with all of that going forward, let me say this one thing: I am grateful for each and every person who has donated to us, taken the time to read our articles, shared them with others, and been a part of our community. That is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me going through the day. I am sincerely in awe of all of you.”

    “However…we are entering into some dark times. Very dark times. My beloved spouse and sane person in the house offered me some advice on how to stay focused, alert, aware and alive. It isn’t advice on how to get along with your relatives around the dinner table today.”

    “His tips, as shared with me, may be just as pertinent to you:
    *Find a way to take a vacation from it all (focus on something else)
    *Limit your intake (doing something that isn’t thinking about what’s happening in this country every single moment)
    *Don’t worry about things above your pay grade (stand up for someone being bullied in the street, calling Congress, recording a disturbing public event that’s happening on your phone, or even sharing information with your network that is important)
    *Pace yourself (We’re looking at four years of crazy. It’s going to come at us fast and furious, so we have to be willing to choose our battles and direct our attention in ways where we’re most effective)
    *Get away from your screen and into the world (turn off the phone, the tablet, the computer and just enjoy the world we’re in right now, even if awful people are running around in it. There is always something every day worth appreciating, whether it’s cloud formations, a flock of birds migrating, or the sounds of a choir somewhere in the distance)”


    • Yeah…other than friends, furry friends (e.g., dogs) and family, this is not a “happy” Thanksgiving in a broader sense, certainly not for our nation or the world, and unfortunately the Trump presidency is going to hurt a lot of our friends, furry friends and family in coming years.. Not good, not good at all.

  • On Thanksgiving 2016, VA GOP gov. candidate Corey Stewart thanks God for the fact that we took our country back. Yep, he really believes that’s a good thing (despite getting canned by the Trump campaign because he was too out-of-control even for them!). Obviously, this guy must NEVER be governor of Virginia, although I kinda hope Republicans nominate him!


  • Southern Liberal

    Quite frankly, after this election, I don’t quite have the same trust in conclusions by pollsters like Nate Silver that I used to.

  • Quizzical