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“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.”

Read Ali’s full article here.

What would YOU say to the children?

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  • I do not agree with the teacher’s rant. I do not think one man in a government can have the power people think – he will be constrained by the party and the constitution. But I do think that debate has gone out of the window these days – there is one group of people who are no longer allowed to say anything. They are the Christian demographic, be they white or brindle – who are being forced to say nothing because it might hurt some other religion. They are being killed in many countries and no one is speaking about especially the Pope who seems to talk on every thing else. Trump is a religious man – maybe he is what the world needs now.

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  • The people of USA need all the support they can get. Let’s hope he doesn’t change the laws to reflect his beliefs. It will be interesting to see how many countries representatives will congratulate him but be wary of his decisions and policies

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  • We can pray for Donald Trump that he would recognize the remarkable gift and responsibility that it is to lead this nation and that God would grant him mercy. I will pray for the US government that wise and brave men and women would rise up who will not be driven by personal pride or selfish ambition, but rather seek the good of all and work for justice, from protection from hatred and fear and healing to the broken places among us.
    We can pray that the refugee is welcome,
    that the poor deserve and get compassion
    that the sick deserve and get care
    that the weak and disadvantaged deserve and get protection
    that the many languages, colors, and cultures of our societies are what make us strong
    the child, unborn and born, and her mother, are all precious and valuable
    the earth is our treasure and our responsibility
    That we want no part in the politics of division, no part in the language of violence.
    We can speak out and believe that the drive for revenge will destroy us all,
    that oppression of any person, by word or action, imprisons all of us,
    that great evil sometimes appears as a banality and that to do nothing, or to run away, is to surrender,
    that the ungoverned tongue can be a fire that burns everything in its path,
    that wealth and power are not the true measure of success,
    that integrity and an honest word shine like the sun,
    that we are stronger, and better, together.

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  • This result is just insane. He was right about one thing – the election was rigged!

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  • I’m terrified of a Third World War happening under his presidency too! What were the American people thinking that elected this bigot!
    (Sorry typo)

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  • The results of the US elections are really worrying. I fear what will happen. I don’t know if I could calmly explain to my kids that they don’t need to be afraid of what will happen. The truth is that I am afraid of the decisions he will take. Of how having him as the President of the US will have a great impact in the all world. :-(

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  • I’m terrified of a third world happening under his presidency too! What were the American people thinking that elected this bigot!

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  • I’m terrified he’ll plunge the world into war.

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