Like many North Americans, I was surprised with the results of the recent election in the United States. There have been calls from many for protest, while others urge a "wait and see" attitude. While I can understand both perspectives, the most common sense and well-written article I have read in the aftermath was that written by Erin Clow recently, entitled The Politics of My Classroom: Everyday Compassion. It may sound rather simplistic, but if each and every educator in North America approached the important role they have been entrusted with as this professor does, how much would that accomplish in terms of negating any hateful agenda on the part of political leaders?
I would go one step further in terms of the political arena and debate. The concept of laissez-faire socialism in which one chooses to protest rather than to vote leads us exactly to where we are. Many of those who demonstrated after Brexit admitted that they had not voted because they had assumed that those who did take the time to vote would reject leaving the European union. Similarly, those who are now protesting in the cities of America admit that they did not vote, largely because they had assumed that somebody with extremist views could not possibly win the election. Assumptions accomplish nothing. Political involvement in the governing system in the society in which one lives is the only way to ensure that assumptions become reality.