On November 10, 2016, following the results of the presidential election, there was a noticeable funk on campus among our faculty and staff. I wrote the words below in an internal email – the words rang true for me (and us) then and they are truer today, now three years later.
Dear TCS Faculty and Staff,
I’ve talked to several of you in the last 24 hours. I know it feels – and possibly will for a long time – that while “all animals are equal, some animals are more equal than others.” Eight years ago, we believed that real change was possible and with shouts of “Yes, We Can” this country ushered in what felt like progress: The color of our skin would no longer render blind judgment on the content of our character; The United States was going to fully live its creed that all men are created equal; And the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness include even those who for centuries have felt the cruelty of discrimination and a system that has in the past treated them as invisible in its count of humanity.
Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that a little revolution every now and then is healthy for democracies. This school’s founding almost fifty years ago was nothing short of a mini-revolution then. I came here because of it. It’s important, today more than ever, to remember why we teach young minds and hearts. Education is still our best hope for the creation of a just and equitable society. What you are doing in the classroom is part of that revolution started in 1970. I reject Tuesday’s lesson that who you are does not matter to what you become, and believe passionately in the goodness and the nobility of the work we are doing here. Keep on.For the children,