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The quadrennial presidential election is a great opportunity to educate young citizens about America’s electoral process, the government, and the responsibilities of citizenship. For many in-school children and teens, the results of this process is often greater understanding of the country and the constitution, or better critical thinking skills regarding politics. This year, however, the message received is different.

What made this year’s election stand out is the focused attention on colored people and immigrants of specific religions. An informal online survey shows that since the mid-season of the election, racial and ethnic tension in classrooms has been brought to an alarming level; bullying has also risen a dramatic amount. “Students are hearing more hate language than I have ever heard at our school before,” says a high school teacher in Helena, Montana.

Indeed, this year’s presidential election plays a great role in the unprecedented and worrisome changes among schools. The...

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