We shared this message with our teachers and staff immediately following the election. I think the sentiments remain urgent and important, and so I wanted to share with you.
It is our civic duty to ensure our scholars have an informed voice: there is a reason we are called Democracy Prep. We are a non-partisan organization by function and definition but our mock elections results and discussions with scholars were overwhelmingly pro-Clinton and many students will be deeply confused by the outcome of the election. While we all have opinions on the election and the results, please do remember that a thoughtful and respectful discourse is a hallmark of the America in which we believe.
Our Civics Coordinator has been equipped with resources to discuss the results of the election. While there are so many ways to approach this conversation, the focus should be on a how to reconcile (scholar) feelings with the outcome of a highly contested election while accepting a peaceful transition to power. This means finding ways to voice (scholar) feelings, concerns and find ways to move forward.
As a wise woman just said, “Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it”. You came to work at Democracy Prep because you believed in this sentiment, as well as the sentiment to lead our scholars on the path to active citizenship. Remind your students this. Remind yourself of this.
Thank you to Viviana and Civic Coordinators across the network for compiling these resources below.
Thank you all,