You may believe that some kids are too young to understand politics, but there is an expression that applies to this scenario: "Little pitchers have big ears." Children are listening to what's going on in the world today, and in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, they're getting an earful.
In a landscape where our future president has bragged about building a wall between the United States and Mexico, banning all Muslims from the country, and sexually assaulting women, adults are tasked with having some serious discussions with young people.
Many of the adults leading those discussions are teachers. In addition to educating their pupils, a good teacher's job is to help students make sense of the world around them. In the past few days, teachers have fielded never-ending questions, assuaged fear, and worked to inspire hope, all while being scared and feeling uncertain themselves.
POPSUGAR interviewed some educators across the country (and one in Italy) via email about how they and their students are coping post-election, what they are working on in the classroom, and how they plan to move forward. Read their stories ahead.
And if you are a teacher looking for resources for your classroom after the 2016 election, Teaching Tolerance is an excellent place to start.
The teachers requested varying levels of anonymity. Contributions were lightly edited for length.