“Hon A B Lincoln…
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Lincoln responded a few days later:
“Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher,
While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.
The more you know.
I love that I know this now.
I think it’s important to let your students know that you really do value their ideas an opinions, so I’ve been creating a variety of these student feedback sheets that they can fill out to let me know what they liked, what they didn’t like so much, and even give me some suggestions to improve.
Just because a teacher has a four year qualification, it doesn’t mean that they are automatically great at everything… So feedback and such should be valued in the classroom, because I guess that there is always room for improvement, no matter how much experience you have.
My students fill out exit slips each day at the end of my social studies lessons. They put down three things they learned, two ways they contributed to class, and one question they still have. Sometimes the questions are not about content…
When you go to the first year teacher tag, this is the list of what comes up as related tags. Those two at top are “i don’t know what else to do” and “I can’t do anything right”
In case anyone forgot that teaching is hard, y’all.
Targets and dehumanizes women, even if used towards men - including gay/queer men. Devalues women and femininity. Reinforces sexism.
Describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc. Reference to housing communities that are impoverished and disproportionately impact people of color. Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.
Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.
Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. Goes to great lengths to avoid association with anything queer. Reinforces that to be queer is bad.
Retarded & Lame
Targets mental, emotional, and physical disabilities as objects for ridicule. Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” “unintelligent,” “incapable,” etc.
That’s So Gay
Stigmatizes gay and queer people. Uses their identities to describe something as undesireable or bad. Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.
Whore/Ho & Slut
Dismisses anyone seen as being “too” sexual - particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. Perpetuates negativity towards sex itself. Regulates who is allowed to have it.
WORDS THAT HURT and WHY
These words create an environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. This is a personal decision. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others.
Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the time to educate yourself about languages and histories of oppression.
For more information contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center
I’d hang this on the wall of my future classroom, but I feel like people would take exception to it despite its educational purpose…