How can anthropologists help share the story of what students and teachers have been experiencing? In the spring of 2017, CREATE Director and UC San Diego Education Studies Professor Mica Pollock reached out to fellow members of the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) to ask for descriptions of teacher, student or family realities documented since the election. In the next two weeks, they will be sharing those stories through Teaching Tolerance in an article series that dives deeply into experiences in particular schools. These short, conversation-starter vignettes were written by researchers who were embedded in schools when the 2016 U.S. election happened and shortly thereafter. Each anthropologist then returned to their site one year later to talk to participants.
The group hopes to continue collecting stories like these from both anthropologists and educators. Most of all, though, they want to start a conversation now. In the second year since the election, has its impact faded or increased for children, families and educators in your school community? What new experiences, questions or concerns have emerged? How might we better help each other? Go to this Schooltalking Facebook group to continue the dialogue!