Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16-18, 2016
November 15, 2016
Appeal for post-election tolerance and unity
Our schools are a place of learning. In order to provide our students the best possible learning environment, we also need to provide a safe, encouraging, and especially now, tolerant, place for all of the children in our community. We believe the best academic environments give kids a place to learn with open-minded discourse.
The uncivil language of the recent national election permeated the country and caused deep rifts between people, rifts that now must be healed by listening to one another. As a small community, we must act immediately to teach our children to be tolerant of all members of our community, regardless of their personal background. We want the behavior towards all children in our schools to be calm, tolerant, and accepting of differences.
Thomas Jefferson said that, "No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another." A free and fair democratic election, regardless of one's personal view of the outcome, should be a great learning opportunity. Let's model for our children the caring society that we want to be.
Julie Eihausen, JJ Ehlers, Nancy Garrison, Philip N. Kaplan, Tania Knauer
Park City Board of Education
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