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As Teddy Roosevelt said in 1918, To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
When disinformation arrives via the highest office of the land, my patriotic duty as well as my duty as an educator, is to challenge that disinformation, and in this case, that includes correcting information I could once tell students to trust. To ignore this responsibility amounts to malpractice. Much of the curriculum I teach depends on accurate news sources.
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I have done this for years, but I have also become more transparent the past couple of years. Now I have reached a point in which my silence offers complicit acceptance of fake news and tacit consent of disinformation and lies.
This afternoon I'll be meeting with a representative from PERSI, the Public Employment Retirement System of Idaho, to review my options. Specifically, I'm looking for a way out. I'd like to walk through the revolving door marked EXIT and never look back.