This is my 30th year working in schools as a social worker. I continue to learn much from my students, most of which reminds me of why life is good and worth living. However, recently I have become alarmed, and left virtually speechless, by two separate, interconnected incidents.
The first involves some students of Muslim background who asked, “Why does that man who wants to be president hate my family?” The second involves a student who proudly announces to his peers in a lunch group “Let’s get rid of all Mexicans.” The student is admonished by his peers; his only nervous response is to laugh at them. The clear message is, “so, who cares?” I do. So should all of us.