|Students protest in Austin.|
Ali Michael, Ph.D. answers:
Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school.
Say that silence is dangerous, and teach them how to speak up when something is wrong.
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.NY Daily news reports: "Educators across the country faced classrooms full of students on Wednesday morning who feared for the future."
They're referring, of course, to the nation's millions of students (and teachers) of color, disabled, l LGBT and especially the children of immigrants now recoiling in fear from the racist, misogynist, and xenophobic threats of the newly-elected Trump regime.
“My mom said we might have to leave and go back to Ecuador,” a P.S. 110Q second-grader told his teacher.
A Long Island art teacher told The News that her high schoolers began discussing Trump’s victory “the second they came in the door.
Educators had to become comforters. Safiyya Kathimi, who teaches in a Southern state, said she reassured her middle schoolers that she was there for them, even if it seemed like their new President might not be.
“I want you to know that if you’re feeling scared or worried, I am here for you if want to talk, or just need to be heard,” she told them, adding, “I had to hug quite a few.”
Right-wing think-tankers at the Fordham Institute, who were wringing their hands over their party's nomination of Donald Trump, appear to have reconciled with the neo-fascist, racist regime now unconstrained by Democratic congressional opposition.
Institute Pres. Michael Petrilli writes: "The emergence of a 'unified' government means a possible end to gridlock and futility.
Of the white majority who bought into Trump's demagogic celebrity "take back our country" appeal, Petrilli continues with the big lie:
Their neighbors are dying young, with broken lives and broken spirits. And yet, until Trump, almost nobody in or near power was speaking about their concerns, their hopes and dreams, the contributions they still have to make to our great country.Petrilli goes on to praise Trump for picking up "some education advisors we think well of."
I assume he's referring to anti-"government schools" creationist, Ben Carson. or like-minded conservatives at AEI. I'm sure Petrilli is hoping the Trumpies and Breitbardists will find a spot for him somewhere in their new Mis-education Dept. as G. W. Bush did.
This from my niece Jessica who teaches newly-arrived immigrant high schoolers in NYC:
Things that are giving me life right now: private messages from friends and family near and far, teachers at my school watching Democracy Now together at lunch, students telling me, "Don't be sad Miss, it will be okay" when I am the one who should be consoling them, an email chain on the MORE chapter leader listserv of lessons, responses and report backs from schools across the city, hearing that at some schools students walked out of classes, my own angry and optimistic children and their friends, and that people were out in the streets today.
In a classroom in Chicago pic.twitter.com/Oy9tEmmPdv— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 9, 2016