Commentary: Classroom racism incidents highlight the importance of good teachers to society

A white social studies teacher in Ohio told a 13-year-old black student his friends would lynch him if he didn’t get back to his school work, according to The Washington Post.
Why do we report on stories like this?
That’s the question I had to ask myself when I first read it. What good comes from these headlines showing up in the media every day?
We often report news like this because it has shock value. Because it evokes powerful responses from people on both sides of the issue. Because it generates numerous comments and page views. But at the end of it all, if I just drop this story off with the facts of the incident and no perspective, it probably just leaves everyone feeling a little worse for having read it.
But it still needs to be reported on. Not to fan the flames of racial division, but to zero in on

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