Published at The Atlantic
In classrooms around the country, the surprising, unprecedented, and deeply polarizing twists and turns of the 2016 election have become a foundation for lessons on how America works. We interviewed more than 40 teachers about the ways they incorporated the presidential race into their instruction.
Here’s what I sent in, which was excerpted: “As a poet and fiction writer, of course I hope that the personal writing and poetry [we did at the beginning of class the day after the election] helped my students in some way. But it’s possible that the best thing we did yesterday was to carry on with the course material of rhetoric and composition. It’s as important as it’s ever been to consider the effects our words have on others.”