Donald Trump

How Trump fits in the classroom

School’s back in session, and if the history books got updated over the summer, they have a new section: the election of President Donald Trump. Trump’s name will definitely be present in the lesson plans this year, but how else will his administration be felt?

That was the topic of a panel at City & State’s On Education event in August at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. Sitting on the panel were New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Archdiocese of New York Schools Superintendent Timothy McNiff and United Federation of Teachers Vice President Janella Hinds. City & State reporter Jeff Coltin moderated.

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Hinds talked about the experience of teaching in politically charged times.

“Although we wish our schools were a bubble, completely isolated from what is happening outside, the truth of the matter is, everything that happens on the public stage affects what happens in the classroom,” she said.

The panelists talked about whether Trump deserves some blame for bullying in schools, what Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans for privatization look like, and if state control could actually be good for New York.

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