An 8-year-old Arkansas girl gave the gift of a lifetime to her second-grade teacher – and made national news – for her desire to turn the final day of her school’s Spirit Week into a loving commentary on the effect of her amazing teacher.
The student, Caroline Carlson, took the opportunity to turn Superhero Day into a special recognition of her teacher, Jaime Deigh, by copycatting her school-branded T-shirt, denim jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes. Rather than go the usual route of imitating a Marvel character, she embraced the real-life hero who works with her every day.
Perhaps the sealing touch was the matching hair curls that Caroline got to mimic her teacher’s specific hairstyle.
Her mom said that the girl had been planning the move at least for the whole week. “All week Caroline was saying, “I want to be like Miss Deigh. She is a superhero,” Cortney Carlson said of her daughter.
To make the twin appearance happen, Cortney said she connected with Ms. Deigh to ask what she was wearing on Friday. At first, the idea didn’t quite sink in, as the teacher thought she just wanted to look like her and possibly show how teachers are superheroes.
But then the reality sunk in. She didn’t want to be just any teacher; she wanted to be her teacher.
“For her to think that she wants to look like me, and I’m her superhero just because of what we do together each day, it just really touched my heart,” Deigh commented.
“I had to confirm [saying], ‘No, Jaime [Deigh], she wants to be YOU.’” Cortney’s mom recounted.
After taking it all in, Deigh’s reaction was one of shock and humility. “It was pretty special that she looks at me like her superhero,” Deigh said. “You just never know the impact that you have on someone every day just through daily interaction.”
“When you have children that [are] not seeing other teachers that look like me, and for her to think that she wants to look like me, and I’m her ‘superhero’…it just really touched my heart,” Deigh continued.
This last comment could unfortunately be taken in a lot of different directions, but Deigh’s statement that not a lot of teachers look like her is most likely a reference to her race. On the part of the child, it’s no doubt a feel-good story. Here’s a little kid who adores her teacher because she’s probably great at connecting with kids and filling their day with fun, love, and learning. Teaching doesn’t have to be, nor should it be, difficult.
But here we all the impact that Critical Race Theory offers. Deigh couldn’t get through a single interview on a veritable human interest story without inserting her identity as a black woman in it. Does the child see her as black? Doubtful, as she probably just sees a caring adult. And maybe she does, to be honest, if Ms. Deigh is like so many other government school employees who make it a point to teach kids that race matters and that some races are bad and some are victims.
Parents at least know what they’re getting when a blue-haired, face-pierced weirdo has BLM flags in their classrooms; it’s the Ms. Deighs of the world that more covertly indoctrinate children into their hate-filled ideology.
Whatever her motivations now, it’s most likely the case she didn’t get into teaching to brainwash kids into a cult. Two decades ago America was in a post-racial world where skin color was not a barrier nor was it manufactured to be one. Deigh said she had always wanted to be a teacher. It didn’t hurt that she saw one of her teacher inspirations drink a Coke on the job, she said jokingly.
“I was always obsessed with the fact that [my third-grade teacher] got to drink a Coke while she worked,” Deigh said, with a laugh. “I was like, ‘I want to have a job being a teacher, so I can drink Coke on the job.’”
“It’s been in me for many, many years to want to be a teacher,” Deigh said, who added that she was like many typical girls who at a young age played schoolhouse with dolls.
Both the teacher and parent spoke to Fox News Digital for the story.
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