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Online Survey Gives Teachers Opportunity to Speak On Post-Election Climate in Classrooms

Online Survey Gives Teachers Opportunity to Speak On Post-Election Climate in Classrooms

The organization that asked teachers during the election how the rhetoric was affecting their classrooms is following up with teachers on the Internet to see how their classrooms are now that the election is over.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which coined the widely-used term “The Trump Effect,” has launched "a new survey to take the pulse of the nation’s students and teachers following the election of Donald Trump after a divisive campaign that targeted racial, ethnic and religious minorities,” SPLC said in a statement.

Many news organizations have reported an uptick in bullying instances since Donald Trump became President-elect on Nov. 9.

The 74, which is keeping a running tab of reported incidents on its site, said at the time of this article that they have documented of 140 incidences of bullying in just a week’s time. 

And while teachers have been taking to social media to bring attention to the difficult school climates they are dealing with, the ten-minute SPLC survey asks direct questions to get a better idea of what is actually going on.

"It asks, for example, whether teachers have detected anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sentiments, or heard derogatory language directed toward children of color or LGBT students; and whether students are targeting others based on which candidate they supported,” said SPLC in a statement.

In addition to releasing the survey, Teaching Tolerance, a project of SPLC, has released an accompanying guidance that aims to help educators and school leaders support students in this post-election climate.

The suggestions include:

  • Set the tone
  • Take care of the wounded
  • Double-down on anti-bullying strategies
  • Encourage courage
  • Be ready for a crisis

The full guidance can be found here.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

11/15/2016

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