“What should I say to my students after the election if Trump wins?” a principal asks.
Good question, writes, Ali Michael, Ph.D, Teacher educator, consultant, writer, filmmaker on Huffington Post. What should we tell our children?.
Ali shares, “Tell them, first, that we will protect them.”
Ali continues on to say, “Tell them, second, that you will honour the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students. Your Native students. Tell them you won’t let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first.”
“Tell them that we will protect those democratic processes ― and we will use them ― so that Trump is unable to act on many of the false promises he made during his campaign.
“Teach them how to engage in discussion—not for the sake of winning, but for the sake of understanding and being understood.”
Ali concludes, “finally, remind them ― to ease their minds ― that not everyone who voted for Donald Trump did so because they believe the bigoted things that he has said this year. Many of them voted for him because they feel frustrated with the economy, they feel socially left behind, and they are exercising the one power they have. We need to challenge Trump and his supporters to differentiate between their fears and the bigotry catalyzed by those fears.”
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