Veteran teacher Dan Garrison observed that while politics have been contentious throughout history there has been a change in the discourse. “What’s different is the rancor, the lumping of ‘my position is right therefore you’re a bad person.’”
Meagan Patterson, an associate professor of educational psychology noted that political conversation is witnessed by children in many forms and it does affect them.
Bryan Vanosdale is a high school administrator who describes students today as more concerned about an issue than a candidate. Their mindset he said is, “I care about this. I want to see this change. I want to see this get better in my community. Let me try to find someone who can closely align to that.”