Donald Trump didn’t just school Hillary Clinton in the general election — his victory also threw a lot of teachers’ lesson plans out the window.
Educators across the country faced classrooms full of students on Wednesday morning who feared for the future.
“My mom said we might have to leave and go back to Ecuador,” a P.S. 110Q second-grader told his teacher.
The concerned educator, Jessie Lanoil, spoke to the Daily News about her Corona, Queens students, many of whom are the children of immigrants.
“I began the day with just listening; 28 hands raised. ‘Would my mom have to leave me and go back to Mexico?’ ‘Why would someone choose Trump as President if he wants to break my family apart?’ ” she said. “It’s amazing how the classroom mirrors what happens out there in the world.”
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña urged teachers to remain calm to help ease the worries of the city’s more than 1.1 million public school students. “As leaders, it is our responsibility to project a sense of calmness and confidence,” she wrote to school administrators. Education Department officials encouraged teachers and students to have thoughtful conversations about the election in classes.
And kids wanted to talk.
A Long Island art teacher told The News that her high schoolers began discussing Trump’s victory “the second they came in the door.
“A lot of them were scared for their immigrant relatives. One asked, ‘Am I gonna be able to go to the doctor now?’” she said.
By Ben Chapman, CONSTANCE GIBBS, Nicole Lyn Pesce for NY DAILY NEWS
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