Math and Common Sense
If you look at the election results and do some simple Math, your co-teacher is probably a “woke” Trump supporter. The teaching field is over 80% white or white adjacent. According to exit polls, 55% of suburban white women voted for Trump. According to this data set, it’s safe to assume that many closet Trump supporters are roaming the hallways of schools in your districts.
I remember when talking about your politics wasn’t as sexy or accepted as it is now. Personally, when it comes down to educating kids, I don’t care who you voted for; I care that you reach kids and they learn from you. The problem with some of the folks that voted for Trump is that people who voted differently will equate their votes with racism. It has been stated at nausea that those that supported DJT are racist. I honestly don’t know if I am there yet. I want to give one issue voters grace. This is not a popular opinion, so please excuse me for my moment of naiveté.
Justifying Your Trump Vote
If you keep your vote to yourself, you’re right. If you didn’t and want to know why your vote for Trump is so offensive, call in your Bb friends. If you have no friends to call, well, that might be where you need to start. Get some Bb friends. You can also get some liberal friends who aren’t afraid to call out racism and bigotry. Either way, there needs to be some dialogue so that you can openly discuss your decision to vote for DJT. If the ability to make the said decision does not consider others’ lived experiences, you probably don’t have enough empathy to be in a classroom.
As an administrator, I have to walk a fine line in terms of politics. Sometimes my moral code is impacted by politics. For example, I may agree with a candidate and their policies, but if the politician is vitriol and racist, it’s hard for me to support that kind of person. In my heart, exposing kids to the good of people can only benefit students. However, evil exists, so even though I’m afraid I have to disagree with other people’s politics, part of me feels like kids need to be exposed to alternative viewpoints to make informed decisions. My teachers never forced their politics on me. I also grew up in an era where social media wasn’t a thing. My teachers were asleep and less dangerous than “woke” Trump supporters.
If It Is You
If you are a Trump supporter and a teacher, it’s okay. It is also a decision you have to live with it. All I ask is to open your hearts to teaching Bb kids to the best of your ability. Try very hard not to impart the rationale that made you vote the way you did. Leave your politics at home, and while you are educating kids, give them your best. It’s going to be tough, but you can do this, you got this. I guess the paradox is, Can you be a “woke” co-teacher and be a Trump supporter?