Henry Hepburn

Trump’s tale should fuel learning, not anguish

Some children have been scared into thinking we’re on the brink of war after the US election, so let’s not breed fear and distrust ourselves

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You’ve got a boy in your class who’s causing more than a few problems. He bullies the quiet, thoughtful children and has troubling views about girls. He openly mocks disabled people and barks insults at classmates who began their lives in other countries. He never admits he’s wrong and shouts down those with the temerity to challenge him. He makes up malign rumours that, through the force of his personality, have polluted the school.

Yet he seems to have a compelling charm and an endless supply of alluring snake oil: it’s lost on you, but it exerts a powerful influence over many of his peers ...

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