Today Emma came home from school and said that she heard kids in her class calling each other "retards." I knew it was coming but, nonetheless, I am livid, and sad, and overwhelmed. She has been reading "The Great Gilly Hopkins" and in that book the main character calls people "retarded" and we have talked a lot about why the author would choose to have the main character use such ugly and hateful language. But what to do with her classmates? We need to balance speaking up for Joe and maintaining a good learning environment for Emma (so she isn't distressed by hateful speech) and at the same time, not making her feel responsible for always educating the world. I am so tired, I am just so tired.
Maybe I will ask the teacher or the principal to show this ad: