Elementary School Mock Election Gets Ugly Real Quick

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An elementary school class was holding mock presidential debates to learn some of the basics of politics. They had to cancel it due to “negative rhetoric about minorities.” Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join

“An elementary school in New York has canceled its mock presidential election after teachers and staff raised concerns about kids repeating “negative rhetoric about minorities,” according to the school’s principal.

“Teachers have said they’ve heard some kids in the cafeteria chanting ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’ or saying they don’t want Muslims here,” said Glen Rogers, principal of Jericho Elementary School in Centereach, New York.

“I mean, kids often repeat what they hear on the TV or the news, but it doesn’t mean it’s OK,” Rogers told ABC News today. “We have a diverse community here. We want all our students to feel valued.”…

To prevent minority students “from feeling uncomfortable,” Glen said he and the school’s teachers decided to change the mock vote for president to a vote for students’ favorite school lunch.

“We still thought it was important to do something with voting and showing democracy in action,” Rogers said. “We still want them to get excited about Election Day.”

The principal added that the presidential election was “still an important topic” but that it would be “better explored in the classroom, where teachers can lead and guide discussions, rather than in the cafeteria among students.”

He continued, “One thing we’re really trying to teach the students is the differences between opinions and facts. It’s important for our students to be able to express their opinions, but it’s also important for them to be informed about it and not just repeating what they happen to hear.””*

Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/elementary-school-cancels-mock-presidential-election-kids-repeat/story?id=43215399

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian
Cast: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian

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25 COMMENTS

  1. REALY,THE KIDS STARTING,PICKING ON THE MINORITIES, DISCRIMINATION US BEING BRED OVER AND OVER IF YOU ARE A BLACK OR BROWN PERSON AND YOU ARE NOT RAISING YOUR CHILDREN RAISE FIRST YOU ARE DOING THEM A SUPREME INJUSTICE,BECAUSE OTHERS ARE ,LIKE IT OR NOT,THAT'S THE REASON WHY THIS BATTLE WILL BE ONGOING, LIKE IT OR NOT

  2. Only a Clinton supporter would involve children not only that they will pick them up and bus them to the rally so Hillary can have 200 people at the event.My worry is weather the children will make home that's the sad.

  3. Cenk – why the comment on her freckles? Especially since you don't KNOW – and then to ask if it is for a Halloween costume ???? Imagine it's NOT — that that is just her beautiful little face — how do you think she would feel to have THAT question asked about her face? You insensitive lout!

  4. But you were alright with teaching kids that Obama was the messiah in 2008, right? Our have you forgotten the scenes of children being forced to sing son's in praise of him? this had to be the most ridiculously biased channel on the internet. #winning!

  5. You are way off track with your statements. Donald Trump wants to stop ILLEGAL immigration. He also wants to protect us from the radical Muslims so he said that he will stop Muslim immigration until they can find a way to vet these people.
    Hillary is the one says that Hispanics should be made to heal like dogs, blacks are f*##k in the head and 50% of American are deplorable s. Think about that.

  6. Now Cenk you're finally learning the real social consciousness of the majority of the American people and how unprogressive they are, and this elections result was really telling. Liberalism= Hope in Hopelessness

  7. All the liberal children stormed the stage and cut off the conservative kids from speaking and then retreated to their safe place. Where they found the teachers in the corner mumbling incoherently to themselves Trump Trump Trump.

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