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San Francisco Teachers Union’s ‘Trump Lesson Plan’ Goes Viral

San Francisco Teachers Union’s ‘Trump Lesson Plan’ Goes Viral

A lesson plan developed by a social studies teacher working in San Francisco’s public schools and posted on the website of the city's teachers union is going viral.

The four-page lesson plan created by Fakrah Shah represents one of the many ways schools are dealing with this year’s divisive presidential election.

In the California city, where the majority of voters voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, protests have riddled the area and have created an obvious sign of strife for the roughly 53,000 students in the city’s public school system to see and in some cases participate in.

Shah’s lesson plan attempts to calm students who have been worried over the election results.

She says in the introduction of the lesson plan to her fellow teachers:

"I hope that you will take the time to put all lessons aside and talk to our students about what has happened and how they feel. Please, let them speak and be heard. Let them say what is on their minds, this is crucial for our school and our community.”

What she says next has caused the lesson plan to be the topic of heated political debate:

"Let us please not sidestep the fact that a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base.”

According to Fox News, the lesson plan has caught the attention of the city’s Republican Party. One RNC committeewoman told Fox News the lesson plan is “inappropriate propaganda that unfairly demonizes not only the campaign that Donald Trump, the winner, ran, but also all of the people who voted for him.”

The lesson plan itself, however, deals with providing educators advice on how to conduct a productive discussion by establishing norms (like respect and engagement) while making a plan to uplift and fight oppression within the school’s walls.

"Tomorrow and every day must be a day of empowerment. This is not a Peer Resources philosophy, this is an Anti-Racist, anti-sexist, anti-islamophobic & anti-homophobic philosophy. This is a philosophy about upliftment, hope and justice,” Shah writes.

Shah also provides her fellow teachers with resources in the form of books, video clips and articles at the end of the lesson plan.

"We're calling him out...If he's our president, I have the right to hold him accountable and ask him to take a stance that is anti-hate and anti-racist,” said Shah to Fox News. The lesson plan is still available on the United Educators of San Francisco website in a post titled “Moving Forward After the Election.”

"These are difficult days with many more to come. But as always, sticking together and organizing is the right answer to meet the challenges we face. And we are committed to that organizing now more than ever,” the post reads. 

What do you think about politically charged lesson plans like Shah’s? Take our poll below.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

11/17/2016

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