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Even dancing pigs can’t stop politics chat in the classroom

Political debate is inevitable among our children, and it is our responsibility to ensure it takes place in a constructive and respectful manner

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“I really like Donald Trump, Ms Rose.”

There are moments in teaching when I have to remind my face of its obligation to make a supportive and encouraging shape. This was one of them.

Every Wednesday, I select a news story to discuss in class so that we can all go home smug in the knowledge we have Engaged with Real World Issues. On this particular week, not long after Trump had assumed the presidency, I sifted through articles about how he may indeed be the fourth horseman of the apocalypse and the world will probably end by Friday...and I found a story about a dancing pig.

Now I’ll admit ...

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