San Francisco public school teachers are being offered a new lesson plan to use in the classroom that describes U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters as racist and sexist.
The United Educators of San Francisco, which represents more than 6,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in the San Francisco Unified School District, distributed the lesson plan to its members in a newsletter last week.
“Let us please not sidestep the fact that a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base,” a teacher at Mission High School wrote in the introduction to the lesson plan.
The lesson plan comes just a week after a teacher in Mountain View was apparently punished for ridiculing the incoming president. The San Jose Mercury News reported that a Mountain View High School teacher was placed on temporary leave after teaching a lesson plan that compared Trump to Adolf Hitler.
But in San Francisco, the teachers union is openly encouraging educators to resist Trump’s attempts “to roll back our rights.”
“Educators have a role to play to help [students] make sense of the new reality, especially those who come from the communities who have been attacked by Trump, and who now face a very uncertain future,” the union wrote in its newsletter.
San Francisco’s lesson plan encourages teachers to help students decompress after the results of the presidential election, which shocked many, prompted protests throughout San Francisco and nationwide and raised concerns over deportation for undocumented students.
In response to Trump’s election, Board of Education Vice President Shamann Walton said at the school board meeting Tuesday night that “we are on the brink of history repeating itself.”
Walton said he knows of undocumented immigrants and Muslims who now live in fear and has spoken with holocaust survivors.
“In order for us to avoid all of that darkness in all of our too recent history, we cannot sit idly by and pretend that this is not hurtful,” Walton said.
The lesson plan includes a clip of political pundit Michael Moore speaking about Trump on “Democracy Now!” and readings like W.E.B Dubois on race in the 19th century.
“This lesson plan was shared as an optional resource with high school principals,” SFUSD spokesperson Heidi Anderson said in a statement. “Educators are entrusted to create lessons that reflect the California standards, support students’ social and emotional well-being and foster inclusive and safe school communities.”
Trump has pledged to begin mass deportations of undocumented immigrants — in particular “criminal aliens” though he has also described Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.
The president-elect also plans to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities like San Francisco, which could effect the more than $28 million the school district receives from the federal government each year.