The post election state of our schools, social learning theory, and raising kids who are good citizens


We’ve all been feeling it.  An intensity within us, rising up, as we process the results of the election and an upcoming transfer of political power.  Whether it’s excitement, peace, uncertainty, anxiety, or tremendous fear – we are all experiencing something.  For or against our president-elect, let’s agree on one thing – our children are watching and they’re feeling the feels right alongside us.

Let’s be honest, the kids are not ignorant of our reactions to the world.  They read our faces and mirror our emotions as we process and discuss current events.  They hear our words, often parroting them as truths to their friends, and they bring dinner table discussions to the school cafeteria with the same passion and enthusiasms they see modeled in our homes.  Some of that’s good. We want our kids to be politically competent and engaged with world events.  Unfortunately, civil discourse is difficult.  Heck, even adults don’t always get it right – especially in the arena of politics.Read more

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