I have received 2 emails from people at your school, neither of which were you. One said he was your school "administrator", the other didn't bother with a title before shooting off his tirades from a cell phone. I didn't go through the trouble of looking up your "administrator" or "principle" or whoever because this is not some activist chasing down "Dr. Seuss" fans on the internet, as the last emailer charged.
I was asking you as a teacher.
<>I wasn't interested in creating a ruckus for you. I simply wanted to know why you, as the teacher, are doing this? Do you not "know" what you are doing to them, or is that you feel it is "for their own good" that you do this to them? Or are you being "told" to do it?
That is a very simple and ver fair question, and requires nothing more than a very simple and fair answer. Fair meaning honest. Meaning admit the obvious to yourself about this "exercise" and explain why it's a desirable "educational exercise" ?
If you are "defensive" about it, then I can only assume you know you are pushing something here in terms of good taste and proper social protocol for an "educator". If you are not 'defensive" about it, there is no reason to run and hide behind an "administrator" about what you are doing.
I have nothing but good wishes and intentions for you as a teacher, despite my disagreement with your actions on this subject. I am not interested in creating problems for you, and would not publicly reveal your name to anyone, concerning our correspondence. I have no interest in pushing a "cause" or using an "attorney" or filing a "greivance", or doing anything other than actually trying to "understand" your actions as an educator.
If you can't "explain them", then perhaps you should say that.
The website is hoping to educate readers in the general public, about something that we are all being lied to about,... not hurt, injure, or intimidate common Americans, especially an educator, including you, your "administrator", or even his friend <>.
Perhaps my initial letter was too "loud" in it's tone, since you are unfamiliar with this topic, and perhaps you found it threatening and intimidating, and if that is true, I do offer you my complete and sincere apologies as that was really not the intent. I am seeking answers to questions, not confrontations and activism. Nothing more needs to be done, than simply ask a question and have it answered. That question is would you like this done to you?
I think you know the answer to that question in your heart, but I would like to hear what your mind has to say about it. As I want to understand your thinking., and/or maybe why I don't understand it now. <> I cannot understand why you would not see a "problem"? So help me understand.
Now concerning your administrator, since he emailed me, I will be emailing him back as well out of courtesy. But as I stated earlier, if I had wanted to blow this up and go nuclear, I would have had my attorney send him a threatening letter, and then he could have gotten all nasty and sent one back, instead of just asking you politely to explain this policy. Administrators are beuracrats. Often they get their jobs through political means, and consequently they are very political in what they say and do. I have no interest in politics. This is not a "political question" that needs a "political answer". You are the teacher of those children. You work as a teacher because you love those children and care about them, if you are in the vocation of your calling.
As a good teacher you would stand between them and life and death, if necessary. You would never to anything to harm them, abuse them, or exploit them even on a bad day. You may go home and cuss and fuss about them to your spouse in private. You might even make jokes about a few or their parents, and even occasionally say things you would never want repeated. But if you are like any teachers I have ever known, you love your children, otherwise you couldn't do what you are doing.
Because you love them, you do what you do. And you have listed a "visualization exeercise" that teaches them to see other children who do not do "christmas" (or perhaps even themselves if they do not) as a green animalistic monster. That is what "grinch" is, and "Christmas" is what he "doesn't like". So that very clearly identifies this character with certain children.
This question is not about Dr. Seuss. It's not even about the story you are taking this exercise from. You could do the same thing with any literature, including the Bible if you were a malicious person and wanted to exploit your children for some "cause". But I do not think that is true about most teachers that actually teach children, including you.
So the question is very simple and straightforward. And I would appreciate it if you could answer it? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a universal principle I think most people can see the wisdom in, it was even a motto at Geisel's fraternity. Applying it to what you do as an educator is certianly within reason.
Why are you doing this? Would you want this done to you?