Back in November there was a kerfuffle regarding a photo of some teachers at a team building event.
Teachers were suspended and there was a general outrage on Twitter. Retired astronaut Jose Hernandez posted on Twitter:
I think I will call the Middleton School District & offer to tell my story of reaching the American dream. Only requirement is that those teachers sit in the front row! What do you say Superintendant Dr. Josh Middleton? It’s free sensitivity training! I will pay my way!! pic.twitter.com/T97FK7Qjc3
— Jose Hernandez (@Astro_Jose) November 5, 2018
If you want to read the entire background, here is my original article.
I’m purposely trying to move past the who said what, when kind of stuff because it’s really not important. What’s important is Mr. Hernandez made the trip as he promised. This article in the Idaho Press gives some additional background.
After his presentation, Mr. Hernandez sent me this:
You can read about his visit in this article from the Idaho Press.
Finally, here’s the important part of all of this (quoting from the article):
Despite the impetus for his visit, the message Hernández preached in schools Tuesday was the possibility of achieving big dreams through hard work, no matter who you are.
“You should not be afraid to dream big,” Hernández said. “When I’m an old man in my rocking chair and we’re sending someone to Mars, I want to hear it was someone from Idaho who listened to my talk.”
So no matter how we got here, this is good. Unequivocally good. Good without reservations or “but.”
When you put an astronaut in front of elementary school kids with a motivational message, nothing but good comes out of it.
Let me go ahead and address the elephant in the room which is who was right and whose mind has been changed? I don’t care. I simply don’t care. The answer is probably that no “adult” minds were changed in any way. But it doesn’t matter since something good happened to a lot of young folks and maybe one of them will grow up to either go to Mars or become another great conservative president.
Oh, heck. I just couldn’t help myself.
— Brian Moyer (@bdmoyer) April 2, 2019