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· Between the beginning 2015 and the end of 2017, there have been 472 verified reports of hate speech in public schools. Education Dive explains the different ways districts are handling hate speech in school after the election of President Donald Trump.
· Why did hate speech spike after the election of Donald Trump? How are schools addressing this concern? How can schools ensure a safe and inclusive environment for every student?
Students from all backgrounds who attend schools have a right to do so without fear or intimidation. However, every day, students are subjected to forms of hate speech and intimidation that would never be excused or tolerated in a workplace environment. Teaching students to respect other races and backgrounds not only helps the victims of these attacks, it also benefits the aggressors who need to learn early how to behave in a workplace and in society as a whole before their actions create greater problems for themselves and others.
Some schools are approaching this issue through social-emotional learning initiatives that strive to teach core human values such as kindness and empathy. Developing these skills can help students better understand the points of view of other classmates. However, more pointed diversity training initiatives may be needed for teachers, and especially in schools where acts of hatred have gained a foothold.
Read the full article about hate speech in schools by Amelia Harper at Education Dive.