Oliver Beach, who appeared on the BBC show Tough Young Teachers, claimed British educators must adjust to the “post-truth” politics of 2017.
Writing in the TES, a weekly magazine for teachers formerly known as the Times Education Supplement, Beach claimed that Trump’s remarks had the “ability to divide, terrorise, outrage and exclude”.
Beach adds that “perhaps the most frightening development following the Brexit vote and Trump is the acceptance of post-truth politics”.
The article takes aim at prominent right-wing figures, claiming that the world “[doesn’t] need more Donald Trumps, Nigel Farages or Marine Le Pens” but that teachers have a responsibility to make more “Martin Luther Kings, Harvey Milks and Rosa Parks”.
He claimed he was concerned about “the future for all the young people in education right now who are searching for a role model, and thinking about their futures”.
The Glaswegian claimed “naive voters” were tricked into believing populist policies such as leaving the EU to free up more money for the NHS and building a wall between along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration.
Despite the fact Article 50 has not yet been triggered and Donald Trump is yet to be inaugurated, Beach claimed these pledges are “lies”.
The article added it is the duty of teachers to “challenge” what Beach says are “questionable” right-wing politics.
Beach said that right-wing sympathisers may pick up their “pitchforks” and force a “narrative of pro-guns, anti-gays, limiting women’s reproductive rights and building physical national borders” across Western democracies.
For this reason, Beach claims that teachers must fight against a “reactionary counter-revolution” that threaten the notion that accepting equality for many different minorities is under challenge”.
Beach adds that educators have become “complacent” in pushing their “progressive rebellion”.
He adds that the next world leader is sitting in a classroom today” and it is the teachers’ responsibility in “curating minds… “could not be more important”.