How Did the Children Respond to the Inauguration?
Yesterday when I had a class, and they were watching the inauguration, one child said, ” Amen” after the first prayer. After the second prayer a few more said, “Amen,” and this continued after the third prayer. I had nothing to do with this and found it somewhat amazing :). These were fourth graders.
With another class of fifth graders after the inauguration itself. I had the students working while all the talking etc. was going on in the background. This class is VERY spirited to say the least, so I really just wanted them to work. However, the national anthem started playing, and one kid asked if they should stand up. At first, I told him no and that they should continue working. After a few moments, I saw him with his hand over his heart seated, and I realized I was wrong. I told them all to stand, and all did with utmost respect.
And, yes I teach in a public school.
This is all not to say that I didn’t have students who disagreed with the current president and who didn’t support him. Some of the fifth graders had been very vocal about the fact that they didn’t like the incoming president. Nevertheless, the students’ solidarity was refreshing.