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K-12 Technology
On Education and the Election

Nov 15, 2016 2016-11-15

Digital Learning • Learning Support

SPOTLIGHT! On Education and the Election

During the past week, editors at Big Deal Media have received many statements from educational organizations regarding the results of the recent presidential election. As part of our decades-long effort to provide K–12 educators with resources that promote inclusion, tolerance, respect, critical thinking, and advancement of knowledge, we share with you the words of some of these respected organizations.

Americans for the Arts

“Americans for the Arts, with the support of hundreds of thousands of grassroots arts advocates in every state, … will work hard to advance pro-arts policies and strengthen our efforts to transform communities through the arts. It is more important than ever that we use the arts to help the economy, our communities, families and children, and our nation to seek hope, opportunity, and ultimately to come together.”

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

“Now is the moment for the country to reunite, promote civil discourse, and support our students in every classroom in every community. CoSN stands ready to work with the president-elect and Congress to address the top priorities that will improve student learning. Chief among those priorities are advancing digital equity and supporting access to high-quality, personalized learning environments.”

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

“As social studies educators, we teach and learn about our system of government, about controversial and timely issues, and about making informed decisions as active participants and defenders of our democracy. Our civic duty did not end at the voting booth; in fact, it has just begun. We can share instructional practices about the electoral process, the upcoming transition plans for newly elected leaders at all levels, and the new teams that will play a central role in our conversations for the next several years. We teach the principles of our US Constitution. The election itself is the beginning of a more profound instructional focus on inquiry about the way our system of government works, and about making a difference for the greater good within our system.”

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

“Fifty years ago, TESOL became a professional association based on the core principles of individual language rights, respect for diversity, multiculturalism, multilingualism, and inclusivity. These values are just as critical today as they were then, and they provide a solid anchor against the strong oppositional forces that are sweeping across nations. As we witness the unfolding of these troubling trends, TESOL International Association reaffirms these core principles and proudly welcomes professionals and students from all backgrounds and all creeds; they provide the rich texture of our community.”

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