Helping Third-Graders Cope With Post-Election Fears

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By Stephen Frank

A Third grader does not understand the difference between Hillary and Donald, a wall or a law.  They have no experience to understand the economics of tariffs or the Iranian deal. To them race relations is about how fast you run.  Only when adults use government schools to scare students is their fear.  Only when parents are afraid of being caught and punished because THEY broke the law, are the kids scared.  It is when children are told that because of government they could be separated by their parents, will children be scared.  Nowhere in government schools or the illegal alien parents, are the children told their parents BROKE the law and they can be punished by deportation.

Separate the children from parents—that is not what the government does when the parents are deported—it is the choice of the parents to abandon their children and leave them behind.  What lesson are they teaching their children—we will break the law and if caught, you will be separated from us, because WE made that decision?  Shame on them and their refusal to take responsibility for their actions.

““The night of the election, that was the hardest part, to know I would have to come in and face the children on their worst nightmare,” Villalpando says. “I mean the way that they’ve been presenting their anxiety and fear.”

Teachers all over California are grappling with this: how to create a safe space for students to express their fears, while also remaining nonpartisan and respectful of all political views. Most people in Sonoma County voted for Hillary Clinton, but a little more than a fifth voted for Trump.

Did this teacher tell the kids that people who break the law should expect to be punished?  Did the teacher tell them they should not break the law?  Instead, she an illegal herself, who was rewarded for her violation of the law with a residence card, understands the fears of the kids.  The kids have a right to be fearful, their parents broke the law and could be punished.  It would be sad if they then compound the problem by abandoning their children.

Related Article: Helping Third-Graders Cope With Post-Election Fears


Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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Mark Savalla

I agree 100 per cent. The families are responsible for the problem, not the US. Emotional sensitivities are no excuse for breaking the law and invading a sovereign nation with children in tow.

William "Bill" Hicks

THIRD GRADERS? How about those babies in their third year of college?

William "Bill" Hicks

Freedom of choice. God given, not government given. With that freedom is responsibility for your choice.