In 2017, up to .01% of public school students will be imaginary, or have an imaginary parent, and it is your job as an educator to make sure that they have a supportive learning environment.

Obviously, slurs against imaginary students will not be tolerated. Please report any incidences of students using slurs like “made-up,” “pretend,” or “make-believe” to refer to their imaginary peers to the central office at once.

However, this issue needs to be dealt with proactively. As more and more people lead active fantasy lives and drift out of contact with reality, the imaginary population will continue to grow. We therefore recommend a serious and thoughtful discussion of the problems of being imaginary in contemporary society.

Highlighting some important imaginary historical figures who made important contributions to society is also a good idea. Sherlock Holmes is a perennial choice, but due to his drug use and colonialist legacy many educators now prefer figures like Anne of Green Gables.

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