The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools
Between March 23 and April 2, 2016, Learning for Justice, then Teaching Tolerance, surveyed approximately 2,000 teachers, asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their student and their teaching. The results indicated that the campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported. Many educators fear teaching about the election at all.
A synthesis of our survey results make up the content of this report. A complete listing of the 5,000 survey comments is available here.