Many times in our lives as educators, we will be presented with and confronted with popular divisiveness, such as this past presidential election. Students will be divided about a popular issue that hits a national issue, and teachers will either have to bear the front of their students' frustrations, or be made to directly answer it. The popular answer to these kind of situations is to be neutral in the face of division, however i believe it is more than that. Students need not a neutral, "im not sure" stance from their teacher, but rather need to be aware of the different arguments each side possesses. Across the board, not just students, we as a nation need to be more inclusive of information and accepting of different sources of news, rather than only listening to one group of people, only this way can we as a nation learn why the other side argues, and better come to a consensus rather than more division.

During this election, many supporters of Trump and Clinton failed to understand why the other side would even consider voting for their respective candidate. Each side would listen to their own sources and news outlets that the other side would rather label as "biased", which would further cement their own ideology as the "correct", "bias-free" one. This creates division and animosity towards people of different opinions and only make compromise and discussion more difficult. I would like a world that focusses more on why people support different candidates, rather than instantly discrediting them for having an opinion.

As i briefly mentioned, teachers can facilitate this kind of social change by introducing to students what the other side thinks. One thing that can be done is that for every modern event that is presented to a classroom, a teacher can display multiple stories from multiple websites to give possible different perspectives. That way if a student hears a different story or figure related to the same event, they can understand that different sources provide different information.