On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the election for the highest office in our country.
On November 9, 2016, my students had a lot of questions about the outcome of this election. I allowed them to express their feelings, questions, fears, and hopes on a blank map of the United States.
Below are some examples of what my students felt that day.
Today, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn into office. I debated whether or not to show the ceremony in class, wanting to follow in the footsteps of a great leader like Representative John Lewis, who is protesting the election and inauguration by not attending today.
But after thinking about it and reading various commentaries about those refusing to attend, I do think there is a noticeable difference between witnessing an event and condoning an event.
I need my students to know it is important to witness history, but it does not mean that I or they condone what we are witnessing. Many of my kids remember where they were for President Obama’s second inauguration, and I think it’s important that they at least receive the chance to watch this event today.
For my students that voiced concerns following the election, I need them to know that their voice matters. I need them to know that in four years, in 2020, that they will be able to use their voice to help decide who the next president will be.
So yes, I witnessed the inauguration and swearing in of Donald Trump with my students today. But I do not condone what I witnessed, and have provided them the choice to decide if they do or not.