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ERIC Number: EJ1152178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Three Challenges for Teachers in the Era of Trump
Pollock, Mica
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v53 n4 p426-427 2017
Since the presidential election on Nov. 8, there has been a wave of hate speech, harassment, bullying, and violent incidents hit K-12 and college campuses nationwide. One informal collection of nationwide social media posts quickly amassed more than 500 incident reports, with harassment targeted at Latinos, immigrants, Blacks, Muslims, Jews, gays, and girls. The Southern Poverty Law Center formally catalogued over 700 postelection incidents by Nov. 16, with 40% of the incidents on K-12 or higher education campuses, and an updated report catalogues almost 900. Thousands more examples have poured in from teachers on a new survey by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the law center. Many teachers are saying they've never had to handle this many hate and harassment incidents in their schools. Many students are consumed by anxiety and fear--and some schools are offering resources to help them. This all leaves educators on the front lines of responding to hate in post-election America. Even if they do not want that extra responsibility, it's educators' turn to lead. Author Mica Pollock states in this article that educators need to restate publicly that harassment and intimidation have no place in schools--and that on campuses, students will respect and value others so all can learn. Pollock proposes and details three steps educators can immediately implement to protect students from harassment and intimidation in schools. They are: (1) Firmly denounce each incident of hate and intimidation on campuses; (2) Educators need to trade in facts and solid data; and (3) Protect the right of everyone to learn. This article calls for education professionals working in the era of Trump to immediately denounce the hate and intimidation, steadfastly engage the facts, and hold the line against every instance of hate intimidation and violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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