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Old 01-13-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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Any plans to watch the inauguration?

Just curious to see if anyone is planning on showing it to your students.


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Not touching that with a 10 foot pole. I had the class read the Scholastic News about the election while I was out sick one day. When I came back most of the magazines had mustaches and devil horns on the candidates' pictures. There were a lot of hurt feelings that day as the kids were parroting what they had heard at home.
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I usually show a few minutes of the swearing in to my class. I have K/1, so they aren't going to listen to any of the address or anything.
This year, though, we were told to talk to the P if we were planning on showing any of it. I feel strongly that, for good or bad, it's an important event that should be covered in social studies classes. But, I'll probably just not deal with the mess. We've already had heated conversations between students over the election. And again, I have 5 year-olds!!
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HELL NO!!!! I wouldn't dare put my students through that mess.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:47 PM
 
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No way. Scholastic book orders had an updated version of The Presidents of the United States and oh my it got the kids upset.


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I would probably have my students watch it (Social Studies class) as it is current events and government.

Personally, no, I won't be watching.
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They came in the day after the election (4th grade) extremely upset. Parents wouldn't approve either.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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Another hell no!! I gave my Scholastic News with him on it to another teacher. My class and I can't handle it.
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I will not be watching it personally. I took a half day so i can drive to Washington for the Woman's March on Saturday. If I was going to be at school, I would not be showing it to students.
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HE** NO! . This may very well be moved to the Issues and Politics board (that I also won't touch with a 100 foot pole)- but it's also a personal goal of mine to avoid saying that name for the next four years (if it lasts that long).


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Old 01-13-2017, 09:02 PM
 
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I will probably watch it out of curiosity!

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Absolutely. It's an important event for our country and will feel like such a relief.

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If I were teaching, no. I will not be watching and wearing my womens march shirt that day and Saturday.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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Yes, I will....I look forward to witnessing the oath our next President will take!
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Not a chance...

I'm in mourning, and marching the next day.

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Old 01-14-2017, 01:41 AM
 
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No I will be wearing my pink pussy hat and marching in protest.


I threw away Scholastic News and will be celebrating Martin Luther King's life in my classroom all month.
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Absolutely zero desire to watch him take office.

For those of you in the women's march, I wish I could march with you. I will be there in spirit. My grandmother went with some of her sisters and cousins to Washington D.C. to march for women's rights in 1920. Her husband, my pop, said she had more intelligence than him and by golly she needed to go down there and tell them what's what. (His words.) They were both from small fishing towns on the Maine coast and didn't have much money, but he scrounged up enough to pay for her way. She apparently had a blast. I still remember her eyes lighting up with laughter when I was a kid and she was asked about it by someone.
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Old 01-14-2017, 03:49 AM
 
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timeforbed - Loved reading your post!

I'm not watching, and I'm not turning it on for the kids to watch.
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I will be in black mourning clothes that day and praying that that man does not cause WW III. I will not even mention it in class.

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Old 01-14-2017, 04:41 AM
 
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NO.
DD21 goes to school in DC and says she will be in hibernation that day. They even have the day off from classes. She WILL be at the Woman's March the next day
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:27 AM
 
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I am retired so I won't have the option. But, if I were still working, and teaching fifth grade, I'd show the swearing in. While I did not vote for this person, and am concerned for the future, I think I'd show it and stress our country's commitment to a peaceful transfer of power. (And the right to peaceful protest and the power of the loyal opposition.)
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:48 AM
 
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I am not teaching. I am not watching.

I will watch the women's march on Washington the next day. Several of my friends will be there. Brings back memories of the march on Washington in the '60s when I was in college. What a historic moment in time. Hope this will be too.

*I just hope that Donald doesn't do any swearing during the swearing in. Oh, it isn't just stirring up emotions at rallies. Donald loves to swear and to use horrible racist and sexist comments and tons of profanity, or so say all the people I know that have worked for him or taken him to court before he became a celebrity.

To all my PT friends who will be marching-not just in Washington but in all the other designated cities. I will be with you in spirit. I will continue to sign every petition and donate money to keep the freedoms and rights we fought so hard for. I lived through the '50s. It was not great for women, poor, or nonwhites. Let's not go back to that.

Remember-we shall overcome! Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:55 AM
 
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No way! I will not support this sh**show under any circumstances.
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Absolutely not. I do not want to hear the kids argue and fight.
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:07 AM
 
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I'm not in the classroom this year but will definitely not watch, as I personally would feel that doing so is an implicit condoning of this presidency. I can't be complicit in this.
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Ummm, NO!

I am not going to put my kiddos through that again. The election was hard enough.
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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I might watch a bit of it, not sure if it will be in real time. (What time is it on, anyway?)

I plan on using my scholastic news with my first graders, as it history. I am trying to stay positive, and am praying and hoping for the best. And I want to model respect for authority, no matter what I feel personally.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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No.

I have an appointment that morning, and I'm not making a sub deal with that (any the questions that are going to come up).
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I will probably watch a few minutes of it with my second graders.

All this negativity from the students is coming from their parents.
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No, I won't be showing any of it at school. I've already had a second grader ask if the president could get fired. She couldn't come up with a straight reason why she was asking.

One day we read that walls are sometimes built along rivers to prevent flooding. A student said, "Oh, like the wall Trump is going to build along Mexico."

I won't be showing any part of the inauguration to my students.

On the other hand I watch, read, and listen to everything I can that is political in nature. Now more than ever, I feel the need to stay informed.
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Retired and I will be watching it.
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I plan to be watching cartoons that day.

The clincher for me was the firing of the announcer of 60 years weeks after he became a widower by email, of course. Fortunately NBC has asked him to cover it for them.
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I teach social studies and I will absolutely not be showing it. I do not support him or his ideals (or lack thereof). I received an email the other day from a teacher group to which I belong and the subject line was "Free lesson: Inauguration". Went right into my "Trash" bin. I did teach the election process and was very careful to be nothing but informative. I encouraged the children to keep their personal (read: parents') opinions to themselves. But the inauguration of a president that has caused so much controversy is something I am not going near. Their parents can decide to show it or not.
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Absolutely not!
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There is always YouTube for those families that wish to watch it together. So you are not depriving anyone the choice to view or not to view.
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Not one second.
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I will be watching with my students......
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All social studies classes in our district will be watching the swearing in. They did the same when the current president was sworn in. It is a historical event.
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I will absolutely watch, in spite of my concerns for the future. I am still optimistic that good will come out of this new administration and I think it's important to watch, stay informed, and see how it unfolds.
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I teach in a 100% free lunch, Title 1 school that is about 85% minority. One of the fourth grade teachers (white) let her children grab their lunch and go back to the room to watch the inauguration.
A black teacher stopped her in the hall and said, "I cannot believe you would subject them to that!"
I suspect that had the white teacher said that to the black teacher 4 years ago she would have lost her job.
Interestingly enough, the white teacher is rather liberal minded. She handled the confrontation with grace.
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to be a lot of closed-minded teachers out there, that let their bias get in the way of a good civics lesson. Your personal, political opinion is no place for the classroom. Ironically enough, those that are so offended by the president don't have a problem with the disgrace and embarrassment of the things said and done at the Women's March. I'm still trying to figure out what rights they're marching for....
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I think it's too much grandstanding. We reached to the point of idolatry with our leaders. Our first president hated it.

Too much of our history in public schools is devoted to making America look evil as opposed to learning from our mistakes.


I wish our kids would know more about our founders. You don't read about leaders having to use their own resources for change, ones who lost wealth and family. These were some of the wisest men our nation ever had.
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"to be a lot of closed-minded teachers out there, that let their bias get in the way of a good civics lesson. Your personal, political opinion is no place for the classroom. Ironically enough, those that are so offended by the president don't have a problem with the disgrace and embarrassment of the things said and done at the Women's March. I'm still trying to figure out what rights they're marching for...."


Post of the week.

They are marching to sustain male chauvinism will never end.
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I am really saddened to see so much negativity toward this topic. I have always and still do believe it is my job to teach students skills to be successful in life. One of those skills would include critical thinking skills so they can listen to both sides and make up their own minds. I don't teach or share my personal opinions preferences as facts. I'm not naive enough to believe that my opinions never affect my teaching but I really try to not let it. I do however try to help students understand that even if things don't go our way that doesn't mean the world will end. learning to live with disappointment is part of life. After all, every time we have an election about 1/2 of the population is not happy. I am not saying that people shouldn't speak and stand up for what they believe in but it should always be done peacefully. We, as teachers, need to teach our students that it is possible to disagree with others in a respectful way. We may not like others politics, opinions, and/or ideas but we still need to treat others with respect. I believe this is also true of our new president. Even if you can't stomach the thought of showing him respect I hope we can all muster up the strength to show and model respect of the office to our students. After all, we as educators know what it's like to not be respected.
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Good post, mes.
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I disagree completely that it's a great lesson in civics. It's a mediocre lesson in which the child watches television as a person swears on a Bible and then gives a speech. I suppose if you were a high school civics teacher and you had just done a lesson on the election process, then it would work as a conclusion for a good unit.

What a bunch of sanctimonious piety to feel saddened about what someone else decided to do with their class.
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