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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

by Shawn Healy, PhD, Civic Learning Scholar Election Day is here, and like me, many of you will have already cast your vote by the time you read this post, happy to check off this cycle’s thankless chore, having chosen the lesser of two evils. For even the most ardent of political junkies among us, instead of reveling in this great exercise of democratic governance, we’ll close our eyes after hours of election results and collectively exalt, “Good riddance.” I’ve lamented before about the special challenges of teaching this election , so will pivot instead to the important work that lies ahead in our classrooms beginning tomorrow. Tonight’s presidential outcome and control of the U.S. Senate promise to be closer than we anticipated even ten days ago. Many of our students and their parents will have supported or even voted for losing candidates. They may very well feel like doomsday has arrived. And many of their concerns and grievances are real. But we cannot allow them to f