The Trump Effect

Eine Studie bei Lehrkräften in den USA hat die Auswirkungen des Präsidentschafts-Wahlkampfs auf Lehrer und Schüler aller Schularten untersucht.
EVERY FOUR YEARS , teachers in the United States use the presidential election to impart valuable lessons to students about the electoral process, democracy, government and the responsibilities of citizenship. But, for students and teachers alike, this year’s primary season is starkly different from any in recent memory. The results of an online survey conducted by Teaching Tolerance suggest that the campaign is having a profoundly negative effect on children and classrooms. It’s producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.
Other students have been emboldened by the divisive, often juvenile rhetoric in the campaign. Teachers
have noted an increase in bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or
nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.Educators are perplexed and conflicted about what to do. They report being stymied by the need to remain nonpartisan but disturbed by the anxiety in their classrooms and the lessons that children may be absorbing from this campaign.

More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students—mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims—have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.

More than half have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse.

More than one-third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.

More than 40 percent are hesitant to teach about the election.

Teachers report their students from immigrant families are anxious about a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and fearful they will be deported.

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