Leave it to all-things-education news site Chalkbeat Colorado to come up with one of the more readable political stories of the day: It’s about children of immigrants at Denver’s Bruce Randolph Middle School speaking out on immigration — and speaking to the president of the United States — via Twitter.
First, a spoiler alert of sorts: Be forewarned this report by Chalkbeat CO’s Bureau Chief Eric Gorski could raise your blood pressure if you are a supporter of the Trump administration and particularly its immigration policies. Trump and immigration aside, some parents might wonder why a couple of teachers in a public school district are stoking — at least, indirectly — their students’ political antipathy toward an elected official representing one side of the political divide.
That said, all but the most ardent admirers of Steve Bannon and crew likely will be impressed and maybe charmed, as well, by the kids’ grasp of the basics in the immigration debate and their ability to relate to the issue firsthand. They live there, after all.
…This week’s classroom exercise at Bruce Randolph began with a challenge. Principal Cesar Cedillo and another school administrator are headed to a conference in Washington, D.C., this month and arranged meetings with members of Colorado’s congressional delegation.
Teachers were asked to come up with an assignment that would produce something the school leaders could take to the nation’s capital to share with the delegation.
“I kept thinking, ‘How does Donald Trump communicate?’” (Bruce Randolph teacher Mandy) Rees said. “Well, he communicates through Twitter. This is the best way.”
Rees and fellow teacher Carrie Cisneros set up a Twitter account for their classroom and walked the sixth- and seventh-graders through the mechanics of tweeting while also helping them with basic writing skills. The teachers also guided the students on Twitter etiquette:
The students were told to keep it positive on Twitter, Rees says, not be mean like Trump can be.
Some of the tweets generated by the exercise reflect real-world perspective and, of course, family pride:
Here’s the link again to the full story by Chalkbeat.