I try to stay out of politics as much as possible. Teaching has made that quite difficult as of lately. As I have said before, I teach emotional support. This means that my kids lack social skills . They say inappropriate things at inappropriate times and this often leads to fights. I am responsible for teaching daily social group lessons and also teaching social skills, “in the moment.” This by no means implies my kids are, “dumb.” They often miss a lot of instruction because they are kicked out of typical classrooms. They are very street smart though and they know what is going on around them. The problem I have been having as of lately is the response to my social skills lessons. For example, when we have a lesson on bullying. The classroom erupts into debates about, “Well why is the president allowed to make fun of people but I’m not?” When I do lessons about including others and being accepting of differences, I am hit with responses like, “Why do we gotta include everybody if Trump just gonna build a damn wall?” Teaching is about a lot more than teaching reading and math. We are teaching kids to function in society. We are trying to combat inner city violence and racism. How are we supposed to, “raise,” kids to be role models in society when they are exposed to this kind of hate and bullying? I honestly don’t have any answers. Why is it ok for the president to make inappropriate comments about people but my students receive recess detention for doing the same thing? It is disheartening to say the least. Does anyone have any suggestion on what to say to my kiddos?