Sarah Tennant

Pupils can’t fathom why Americans picked Trump

Despite their incomprehension at the US election result, students have been engaged throughout the campaign and shown great empathy for far-away minorities

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The 2016 US presidential election was one of the closest and most divisive campaigns in history. Once again, the political world was turned on its head by a “shock” result – making it another challenging period for modern studies teachers, not to mention an uncertain time in politics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Scottish pupils were incredibly engaged with the US election during the campaign. They wanted to discuss what each candidate said and were eager to share their thoughts on how Americans should vote. One view was: “I don’t want Donald Trump to win – I mean, it would be funny, but no ...

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