Eau Claire class finds presidential race a touchy, and sometimes inappropriate, topic

Like teachers throughout the nation, Eau Claire middle school teacher Brent Wathke is struggling with how to talk with his students about the ugliness of this year’s presidential election. In a feature article in the New York Times, Wathke says the tenor of the campaign – from candidate debates to television ads to news coverage to editorial cartoons – has often crossed the line and fallen into the category of “inappropriate.”

“It is a total mess,” Wathke told the Times. “Honestly, I just can’t wait until it’s over.”

According to the article, Wathke’s students at DeLong Middle School – like the teacher himself – are caught in a dilemma: wanting to stay on top of important national issues such as the race for president of the United States but cowering at some of the things they hear.

Wathke’s students, the Times says, wonder sometimes what they are allowed to say about the campaign in class. “We self-censor a lot,” said Connor Felton, 12. “I think if you repeat some stuff that Trump says, you could get sent down to the principal’s office. Maybe even expelled.”

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Teaching Seventh Graders in a ‘Total Mess’ of an Election Season

His students, most of whom are 12 years old, have been buzzing with talk of the campaign all year. The first group of students poured into the classroom just before 7:30 a.m., clutching notebooks and binders, and sat in desks arranged in circles.

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Eau Claire class finds presidential race a touchy, and sometimes inappropriate, topic

“It is a total mess,” Wathke told the Times. “Honestly, I just can’t wait until it’s over.”