Nor, at an East Room ceremony he gave in her honor, would she applaud him as he entered the room, as others did.
She shook his hand earlier, the first time he offered it, but not the second time, at the end of the ceremony.
Apparently, Mandy Manning doesn’t teach civics, because if she did, she might have more respect for the presidency.
Manning is the English language development teacher at Joel E. Ferris High School’s Newcomer Center in Spokane Washington’s public school district. According to the Washington Post:
Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year recipient, had brought with her from Spokane, Wash., a stack of letters that her immigrant and refugee students wrote ahead of her trip to the White House, where she accepted the award Wednesday.
The letters were addressed to the president, and all Manning wanted to do was give them to him.
Some chronicled their experiences coming to the United States — from Syria, Iraq, Uganda, Burma, El Salvador — because they “felt it was important for the president to understand the really rigorous and difficult process and length of time it takes to come to the United States as a refugee,” Manning said.
So what they are learning from her, apparently, is that this country is not about differences of opinion, but about one opinion, that of liberals, which must prevail. And they are learning to disrespect the office of the presidency, and probably many people and institutions in the country they have come to.
It’s too bad a woman like this is the gateway to their understanding of this great country. Her “teacher of the year” award should be revoked and she should be fired, since political views, while generally free to be expressed, should not be delivered by teachers to children in public schools.