The Election: What should we tell our children?


This is an article that addresses how to talk to children about the election that does a good job of honoring the democratic process and assuring students that they are valued. This amazing article that begins with a question from a principal “What should I say to my students after the election if Trump wins?” The author Ali Michael discusses that first we will protect them. Second “that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry.” Third teach them “how to be responsible members of a civic society.” “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.” Michael also says, “we need to teach students how to disagree—with love and respect.” The article addresses the fear that students may be feeling that they will be directly affected by the results of this election. Michael says, “Tell them you won’t let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first. Say that you will stand united as a school community, and that you will protect one another.” This article brings attention to the many concerns that other teachers and parents might face in the upcoming days, this article articulates many issues beautifully and provides a healthy way of moving forward from these results.

Upon reading this article I called my mom, she is a high school teacher in Santa Cruz California where she told me that she was forwarded a letter from the police chief. The letter was addressing that students at a local middle school concern that police and people in uniform might come by school and deport undocumented students. In the letter the police addressed the concern expressed and stated what the local law enforcement abide by. This was to help ensure that students felt safer and understood that they would be safe when they were at school. I find it so amazing that a community can come together and show so much support and concern. It shows and articulates so much that was said in the article “we will protect them” the police chief is showing how he and the other people in uniform are going to protect the students, making school a safe learning environment.

This article talks about the election and the results and techniques and thinks to keep in mind relating to mindfulness. I found this article to be helpful in keeping me centered through a time where I feel very vulnerable and disjointed.


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