My exasperation over our current presidential campaigns has pretty much reached my limit of sanity. I'm not nearly as conflicted over my choice in November as others might be, but I'm just tired of the 24 hour-ness of it all and what is worse about the 24 hour-ness is that most of it is just intolerable and bat-sh!# crazy. I think most feel the same way as I do, so I am not unique in that position.
What might be unique about my position is that I teach a full blown (5-6 weeks) government unit to my second graders in October. I enjoy teaching that unit so much and the kids enjoy learning about our state and federal governments' interworkings...at a second grade level, of course. The unit is brought out every year, but when it is a presidential election year, it is usually a blast. The unit is closed out with a campaign, debates, and an election.
I say "usually" it is a blast because this year I have absolutely no desire to do it. Teaching about what is supposed to happen seems so idealistic when what is happening across the board with our government AND the campaigns is asinine. The kids have a hard enough time understanding the ins and outs of it all, heck, so do I if I'm being honest. Trying to rationalize that with what is really happening will leave them mumbling to themselves.
On top of it all, I'm worried about how I will handle those other opinions. In previous elections, it has been much easier to stay neutral, even with students with differing opinions. The ideas and talking points that have come out this year are so hateful and so offensive to me (and aimed towards many of my students), my neutrality might get thrown right out the window. The unit is supposed to start tomorrow. I'm all ready for it, everything is prepared. Whether or not I end up taking it on is another matter entirely.
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