The election of Donald Trump as president has left many schoolchildren hurt and scared about their futures, and in many cases they are turning to their teachers for direction and support. “I’m going to tell them that nothing is going to change overnight,” said Robert Ellis, a first-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Richmond, California. “I want them to feel safe. As educators, that’s what we do in difficult times.”
On Friday, social media was buzzing with student videos, including one where students in a middle school cafeteria in Michigan chanted “build that wall!” and another where students in Pennsylvania were walking down the hallway of a school carrying a Trump sign and chanting “white power!”
In an article addressing these issues, NEA Today offers tips for teachers on how to reassure and comfort students who are afraid.
“The election results will have a traumatic experience on our students,” says Demetrio Gonzalez, president of United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA. “The best thing we can do today is be there for them, talk to them about their experience, and listen. Hold them and tell them we love them, and that in moments of uncertainty and fear, we have to hope and believe we will have a brighter tomorrow. ”
Read the NEA Today article:
Stories are flooding social media from parents whose children are afraid of what the 2016 presidential election results might mean. One boy with Autism was crying because he saw Trump mocking a disabled person. A teenager who is gay is afraid of what he will do to the LGBT community.