The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently published  a report highlighting the effects the General Election had on America’s school-going youth. Simply put, the American public education system fails once again.

SPLC, the controversial civil rights advocacy non-profit, published the responses of over 10,000 teachers, administrators, and counselors who participated in an online survey. Through SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project, key data concluded that the results of the election has, apparently, added a proudly negative impact on schools, districts, and their students.

The study, entitled “The Trump Effect: The Impact of The 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools,” points to findings that SPLC considers definitive.

90 percent of respondent educators stated that their were negative impacts on the school climate with most believing that they will have lasting effects. Another 80 percent of respondents reported a sense of heightened anxiety in regards to the mental well being of students. Many indicated they they expressed concerns for students and their families.

Here are some of the other key findings from SPLC’s study:

  • 9 out of 10 educators who have responded to the survey state that their students are experiencing negative moods and behavioral changes following the election.
  • 8 out 10 reported heightened anxiety among who they consider “marginalized students.” This category includes students who are immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and LGBT students.
  • Half of the respondents indicated that their students were targeting other students based on political belief.
  • Half of respondents, also, indicated that they don’t feel it is appropriate to discuss the election results in the classroom. However, some principals have restricted their teachers from discussing the election, period.

Overall, the study attributed the several issues associated with behavior among students with the rise of President-Elect Donald J. Trump.

In order to prevent “crisis” in the classroom, SPLC recommends that educators must setup the tone and warn the students before hand. Basically, the study recommends a safe space for school children in any conversation relating to the election.

Take the study with a very small grain of salt, or not at all.

SPLC’s motivation, though with positive intention, is misplaced. The paradigms analyzed within this study go back to the continually damaging debate surrounding limiting freedom of expression and conscience in education.

Even if you do not agree with the results of the election, if the SPLC data is taken as credible on most instances, the idea of civil discourse and exposure to ideas is lost.

Students, not matter what level of education, have the right to be challenged mentally in order for them to develop their own world views. Not what society says. Students also deserve the right to protect themselves from ideas they don’t like, as well as any American; however, educators and social justice advocates need to let children learn and figure things out themselves.

Innocence, in most cases, is eroded by a child’s natural curiosity. Freedom of thought is a basic human right, promulgated in the modern day through the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. Nothing should ever threaten that.

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Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady is a political journalist and part time muckraker based in Colorado. In addition, he a is political strategist and policy analyst working with some of the foremost conservative politicians in state and national politics. He focuses predominately on conservative solutions to public policy and the art of conservative electioneering. His work has been featured, republished, or cited in several publications across the nation including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, the New York Post, The Denver Post, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and policy publications for one America's leading free-market, libertarian think tanks.

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  • PNut67

    Kids aint even old enough to vote & they worried about Trump? Biggest piece of BS ever written. Although the ONE point I will agree on with the author is the fact that he stated “administrators & teachers need to let kids learn about this on their own & stand back” ….although those werent his exact words, close enough you get the drift. When I was school age……POLITICS was the LAST thing on my mind. So, now that we have had our fun with experimenting on the kids with Marxism, Racism, socialism, & Communism & the infiltration & brainwashing of little children’s innocent minds…..why don’t we all just step back, & let kids do what they do best & that is be kids. They dont need to know about politics, they don’t need to know about, sex, abortion, homosexuality, & a plethora of other subjects, that when, I was a kid, & the adults were talking…..you either sat there quietly, & didn’t say a word….(because kids were seen & not heard…..that is called respect for your elders, you young ‘uns)….or you left the room. And if a topic of sexual nature came up, or ANYTHING your parents didn’t want you to hear….you left the room, no questions asked & no back talking your parents, else you found yourself stretched out on the floor looking up at the ceiling after you came to. And you didn’t sass nobody for you getting laid out. Or tell them you calling HHS for child abuse. Maybe THATS what this “entitled” generation needs, is a good whopping upside the head every once in awhile…..it will clear up their perspective on who is the adult & who is the child.

  • Samerica

    When I was a kid all I cared about was anything but school politics! But basketball
    or football, fixing up and riding my bike, CANDY, TV shows cartoons movies and
    rock n roll and of course GIRLS! Kids should only be taught real HISTORY but
    now it’s lies and propaganda by the left that are brainwashing kids from pre school
    til high school and gets even worse in most colleges! Why all the cry baby generation
    are so mixed up and expect to be given everything and life being perfect by these
    leftist liars who claim they can fix everything and cure all their problems when they
    are most of the problems americans are having NOW! PNut67 comment is right on.
    Most of the generations don’t know who Castro was or believe the hype he was
    some kind of hero and saint! Pray Trump and other non leftist can bring back the
    truth & history in schools and moral values work ethic that made America GREAT!

  • Kerry Weston

    There’s something wrong with these students. They should be celebrating because Trump will bring jobs and prosperity to the US. These students must like being poor and on food stamps. There’s no other reason to be in a negative mood unless they were brainwashed by CrookedMedia.

  • Daneel

    Those that can DO, those that can’t?…INDOCTRINATE! Following the lead of the Hitler youth probably isn’t such a good idea.

  • David

    I bet the survey respondents care more about the feelings of the anti-Trump people than the pro-Trump people, who are the ones always expected to accommodate the others.