As millions of other people across the nation, I am still processing the emotions of this week’s election. I have stayed largely quiet on social media and found that conversations with my close friends in person or on the phone have been the most healing in this time. In addition to connections with the humans in my life, I have been reading! And reading… And reading… Not responding, simply reading to understand and begin making some connections. Here are five articles that I found most helpful as an educator.
“For younger children, discussions should center on fairness, how we treat each other, and that our classrooms and our country are governed by rules and laws, rules and laws that leaders must also follow. I want older students to examine the America political and economic system more critically, to define the kind of country they want to live in, to think of themselves as active participants in a diverse and democratic community, and also to experience civil discourse with respectful disagreement and views supported by evidence.”
“Tell them first, that we will protect them.”
“Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school.”
“But safety isn’t enough, and it’s not the only thing our children—and our country—need right now. They desperately need their teachers and parents to tell them the truth: Everything is not OK. We have work to do, and we can do it.”
“Educators sought to channel the energy into lessons on civility, democracy and on America’s system of checks and balances on power, explaining that many of Trump’s policy proposals — love them or hate them — might not come to be without congressional approval.”