These Letters From 1st Graders To President-Elect Donald Trump Are Scarily Wise
It wasn't just that they liked Clinton more. It was also that they saw Trump as a bully whose behavior would not be tolerated in the classroom and thus should not be tolerated in the White House.
American adults apparently did not agree.
Children, like non-white, adult males, are also quite scared of Trump. Schools have reported a phenomenon known as the “Trump effect.”
The “Trump effect” is twofold.
On the one hand, teachers are reporting more bullying, especially on the basis of religious and racial identity.
On the other hand, teachers are seeing non-white-male students are frightened.
Immigrants and children of immigrants, especially, are scared their families will be split up and kicked out of the country, among other worries like being beaten up by the empowered bullies.
A group of first grade students from Woodland School in Portola Valley, California were tasked with writing letters to Trump on Wednesday, New York Magazine reported.
Teacher Marie Keating gave the prompt, “What would you ask of our new president?”
The children's responses, which were published on Facebook, reveal their concerns, which align pretty well with adults' concerns.
Students are worried about Trump starting a war.
At least one first grader had the very adult thought to ask for higher taxes on the rich.
Mexican students are scared Trump will kick them out of the country.
I'm not sure exactly what this kid was thinking, but it sounds menacing.
Students are having fears of being separated from their friends by race.
One student just wants Trump to not call non-whites robbers, as he did with Mexicans when he started his campaign.
Nicole had a set of rules for Trump which includes not causing any fights.
So there you go, America. That's what you've given our children.
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