An Ideology That Needs Hatred and Divisiveness To Survive

A.J. Sparxx at PoliPundit, Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom, and Michelle Malkin are consumed with rage, disgust, revulsion, and contempt at what Danielle Quinto, a 4th grade teacher in the Los Angeles area, is teaching her students. This woman who actually believes she is an educator is indoctrinating the innocent boys and girls in her class with radical ideas about immigrants and migrant workers, to wit:

  • They are not scary or dangerous. They are not murderers. They don’t rob and steal.
  • They are decent, caring human beings, just like the children and their families.
  • They have families of their own, including children, whom they love.
  • They are far from home, and feel lonely, and miss their loved ones.
  • They work very hard, and they need the money.
  • Sometimes, they even cry.

I know that you are probably incensed right now that an American school is allowing such things to be taught to our impressionable young people, but there’s more:

It wasn’t your typical field trip that Danielle Quinto took her fourth-grade class at Our Community School in North Hills on last week.

Her 25 students – all from lower- to middle-class working families – didn’t go to the Los Angeles Zoo or Travel Town.

Instead, they went to see men whom they said scared them, men they thought were dangerous and stole things.

Quinto took her class of 9-year-old children on a field trip to a city-funded, day-labor work site in North Hollywood near a Home Depot.

“It was a little weird taking the kids on a field trip like this, but it turned out to be a teacher’s dream,” the young, charter school teacher said Monday.

In one hour, she changed misconceptions and eased the fears of 25 children who thought all day laborers were “bad men.”

“It was the first time a group of schoolchildren ever took the time to stop and talk with our men, find out why they’re here and what they do to make a living,” said Rene Vasquez, site coordinator of the North Hollywood day-labor program where 80 to 110 men look for work every day.

“I’ll tell you this, the men I talked to after those kids left really appreciated it. I think they saw a little of their own kids in them.”

The idea for Quinto’s unique field trip began when she looked at a “what do we think we know” chart her students filled out on day laborers after a lesson on the impact of immigrant and migrant workers on California.

“They thought the men were scary, and that they were stealing things,” Quinto said. “I knew this was something we needed to explore.”

She contacted their parents and asked if it was OK if she took the kids on a field trip to one of the sites to talk with the men.

They all said yes, and a half-dozen parents wanted to go along.

“We broke up into small groups, each one with a Spanish-speaking child and parent for the kids who didn’t speak Spanish. They had prepared questions to ask beforehand.”

Bailey Olivas and Amaris Vasquez, both 9, asked the men why they were on the street corner every day.

“I was a little scared because I never went up and talked to a person like that before,” Olivas said Monday. “They were really nice, though, and I wasn’t scared anymore.

“They told us how really hard they had to work to feed their families, and that they had children our age they missed very much.”

Quinto said she watched one man start to cry as he talked about missing his family and trying to earn the money to feed and house them.

“She (the student questioner) didn’t know a word of Spanish, but she had this incredible empathy on her face I’d never seen before. It was beautiful,” said Quinto.

“She had no idea what he was saying, but she knew it was important.”

Amaris Vasquez said she came away from the field trip realizing how wrong she had been about these men.

“It was cool talking to them, not scary,” the 9-year-old said. “We all left wanting to tell their story to other kids so we can help them.”

And that’s Part 2 of Danielle Quinto’s magical field trip.

When they got back to school, the kids began working on a news release they sent to every media outlet in Los Angeles.

It asked for help getting the message out about learning about people before judging them.

The kids also want to raise some money to help the day laborers improve their job-site center and buy the tools they need to do their jobs as masons, painters, carpenters, landscapers and a host of other manual labor jobs.

“How’s it going so far?” I asked Quinto on Monday.

“You’re the only call we’ve gotten,” she said.

Damn straight, and if Darleen or Michelle or A.J. were to have given Ms. Quinto a call, they would have given her a piece of their minds, too:

Darleen: The teacher is a child abuser.

Protein Wisdom reader:

What a great idea.. Maybe next fieldtrip can be to the local Hooverville to hang with the drunks, addicts and psychos..LA has several charming ones. Now there’s a real education..Just make sure the kids get their shots before going and wear gloves while they’re there.

Bums.. to know them is to love them.

And another:

Were I a parent of one of these kids, I would SO cuss the living Hell out of the teacher, the principal, the district office…

Shut the damned schools down, there’s officially no difference between going to school and hanging out on street corners. Literally, in this case.

Michelle Malkin: “A public field school trip…to the local illegal alien day labor center. What’s next? Assemblies with fake ID manufacturers? Gym classes with coyotes?”

Michelle’s readers:

I wonder how this teacher will approach teaching children about law and law enforcement. Do laws means anything at all to these people? Are they going to teach these kids it’s ok to pick and choose which laws they want to obey?

Yes, she really said this. And no, she doesn’t know why it’s so funny.

Another one: “Moron teacher, over paid and out of touch.”

And one who can’t read:

I assume the kids have to have some kind of parental permission slip signed to go on the field trip…wonder how that was worded?

Guantanamo, maybe?

Somewhere in here is a felony, the students are minors after all… any lawyers care to spin?

Jackie DeShannon is not his favorite singer:

Instead of blankets, they need to be supplying the officers with bullets for their guns.

Close the border, for the love of fate, and lets get these illegal pieces of trash out of our country.

And another one who can’t read:

I’m sure the parents do not appreciate this teacher contradicting their teaching about talking to strangers. Yes, some strangers are scary, and kids should stay away from all of them.

If any of them get hurt as a result of their newfound “empathy” it will be Quinto’s fault.

Last, but not the worst, here is someone who should never, under any circumstances, have children:

Just great. Now what happens if one of those kids happens to one day talk to one of these guys on their own because they are no longer “scary” and he turns out to be a child molestor? He is illegal. He can easily melt away into obscurity or back to Mexico. Fear is good for kids. It keeps them alive. Let them be afraid until they are old enough to take care of themselves.

I was going to give you some quotes from PoliPundit, too, but unlike these folks above, I have a heart.

2 Responses to “An Ideology That Needs Hatred and Divisiveness To Survive”

  1. Chief says:

    Bush has implanted F-E-A-R in those folks brains. Eight years of hammering fear into people will create a lot of automatons.

  2. DrGail says:

    I couldn’t help but notice that this teacher is at a charter school. Charter schools were supposed to be the manna from heaven to solve all the problems of the public schools. Or so the GOP and NCLB-supporters say.

    How’s that working out for you, Michelle Malkin et al?

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