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A few years ago, a picture from The Roanoke Times became the fodder for emails and blog posts. It spread across the Internet in a matter of days, eventually ending up on late-night network talk shows.
It began as part of a simple and obscure local news story about road construction. In the article, a pregnant woman in her 30s wondered what effect the high decibel sounds of jackhammers and earth-moving equipment would have on her unborn child.
What made this conjecture so worthy of scorn and mockery?
When I found out I had been selected to serve on the first-ever Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board, I was overcome by simultaneous feelings of shock, honor, pride, excitement and joy. In a time in which the rhetoric surrounding teachers is becoming increasingly negative and dismissive, I commend Teaching Tolerance for looking to current classroom teachers and education practitioners for input regarding their resources. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to such a respected, invaluable organization.