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Teachers Report Stressed, Anxious Students In The ‘Age Of Trump’

This past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.

One white student piped up: “Well, that’s what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that’s why we need a wall.”

Multiple students agreed. An argument ensued. After class, two Latina students came up to the teacher and said: “He doesn’t need to be saying stuff like that in class. We are worried for our well-being. We’re worried about things not going good for us.”

The anonymous anecdote was collected as part of a new UCLA survey. In it, teachers report that in the current political climate, some of their students fear for themselves and their families. Others reported that students seem more “emboldened” to express racist and derogatory views.

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I understand not wanting to celebrate the mass murdering of native Americans but Columbus did not kill anyone, he only discovered America and he totally thought he was in India. I don’t understand why accusing him of starting the genocide. He did not.

So there’s this one early Rankin Bass special they made named, “The Ballad of Smokey the Bear”.

At one point in this special, this turtle character here,

sings a song about how curiosity is great and stuff. He uses Christopher Columbus, and Romeo and Juliet, as examples for it… Yeah, no. Positive examples of curiosity they are not, reptile.

Also, I guess the moral of this special’s story is to prevent others from starting forest fires… by nearly starting one yourself, or something.

The Chase is Ian's most adorkable serial.

Seriously though. He dances like this to the Beatles but that’s not all:

He reads a book called ‘monsters from outer space’ and calls it far fetched. 

His voice goes all squeaky and fanboy when he sees Lincoln, Elizabeth the 1st, and the Beatles on the time space visualiser. 

“Styles change Barbara, styles change” in posh Ian voice. 

He calls Vicki 'Christopher Columbus’ and gets all squeaky again over the Doctor’s weird gadget thing 'It really works!' 

He’s scared of bats.

He’s scared of Frankenstein’s monster but doesn’t want to admit it.

He gets seasick. And then gets accidentally hit over the head by Vicki and pulls this face:

He calls Barbara’s jumper and leggings her 'Battle dress’

He nicknames a Dalek 'Fred’ and disables it using Barbara’s cardigan as a trap.

He says 'Poo, what an awful smell,’ after touching some weird stuff.

And squints his eyes and says dorkily 'look at those suns.’

he teases Vicki who sees a trail of red.

He shouts 'Excalibur’ like a knight with the ring in the sand.

He falls on his arse whilst trying to move said ring.

He nearly falls of a building because he wasn’t looking

He tries to save Barbara from falling by pulling her up by her underwear.

He impersonates a Dalek by holding his nose and saying exterminate.

He pulls fish faces when they get home.

And trolls the bus driver about living on the moon.

Basically he’s just one giant dork and we love him for it.


It was the first day back at work - a new school year. Barrett was tired, still adjusting to the common school day schedule. But, he’d done the same as he had the past first day of school, and kept a welcoming attitude for every class. He’d even written in funny comments by every topic on the semester syllabus’ he’d passed out, like Weeks 1-3: Christopher Columbus - He sailed the ocean blue. I wish I had been there to throw him overboard. Thrilled that it was lunchtime, he made his way to the teacher’s lounge, and got in line to make a plate. Immediately noticing that he was beside the new English teacher, he smirked. He’d seen her at Freshman orientation, and meetings. But, they’d never talked. Leaning over, he spoke. “The coleslaw is slimy. I wouldn’t recommend it. Ms. Barnes, right?”