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Being a Learner During an Election Season

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By Mr. Hussey, American Studies (US History) Facilitator 
For a myriad of reasons, the 2016 election has captured the interest and passions of the nation. If one follows the expansive coverage of it on social media, television, or radio, they will soon encounter commentators using a style of combative, polarizing, and absolutist rhetoric that impels readers and listeners to take a stand. For high school learners closely following their first election, this type of rhetoric can be difficult to navigate. Young people have been thrown into this unique political moment, and tasked with not only their understanding of elections and politics, but also the social act of “talking politics.” Learners, however, are resilient, and throughout this election they have found ways to express themselves.
Three New Tech High @ Coppell juniors shared their reflections on what it is like to be a learner during the 2016 election.

Carson Winnecker
This election is arguably the most controversial election in U…