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How do we explain Donald Trump to our children?

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rentrn35e 
Use simple language. Kids know what Wotsits are.
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Ktharveytaylor 
Faaaaaack
Ben Tantrum 
Well there's been a growing income divide in many countries now for a long time that has built up a ....... faaaack
LewisCarr 
Through a democratic process, which is a bit wonky but has been used for years, someone I don't believe should have been elected, was elected. Many of the people who did vote for him might well realise their mistake in the future, but they might not. But that's democracy.
Ben Tantrum 
(There must be some more meme images coming)
rentrn35e 
Use simple language. Kids know what Wotsits are.
Ktharveytaylor 
That isn't really what I say. I say he's a very bad man who believes in bad things and that WE don't like him. Do we?! And almost 4 year old Ali says, 'shall I pass the remote and turn him off, then, Mummy?'
LewisCarr 
This is a tricky one, because whilst I, and it seems the rest of Tantrum Tuesday, don't agree with what happened, many many many millions of American voted for him. We must learn from how and why it happened, and do what we can to limit the damage in the mean time. Kids need to learn about this in a balanced way, so they can make their own minds up.
rentrn35e 
@LewisCarr - a very good answer.
rentrn35e 
@LewisCarr - you have earned a Brain Point and you are now allowed to throw a tantrum in the interest of balance.
Ktharveytaylor 
It is a good answer Lewis and in theory I agree but I can't bring myself to muster the ability to be objective about him. Perhaps in time
Lisa Tantrum 
It's just such as big topic with so much to say, it's hard to explain it to children. I don't envy people with older kids.
Ben Tantrum 
It's a fascinating one and something that Vox covered well - being in the news now seems to be more important than what you say in the news and Trump has mastered the ability to get news coverage. He's on every page of every paper I read!
rentrn35e 
I AM an older kid - "Wotsit Hitler" is pretty much all I can understand.
LewisCarr 
He's being likened to Hitler, and thinking back to school, we learned a lot about WWII and the genocide from Hitler, but very little about how and why he rose to power, and how he convinced a whole group of countries to go to war on the back of his hugely flawed (we know now) policies. Hitler was a hugely charismatic leader, so the why and how he got to be able to put all the bad things in place is as important as learning what they were. Perhaps the world's (and America's) greatest mistake with WWII is only learning what shouldn't ever happen again from the bad things that he did, and not learning from why he was able to get into a position to do it in the first place...
rentrn35e 
@LewisCarr - At what stage did you stop studying history at school? I only did it till GSCE and while it definitely wasn't the focus, our syllabus did look at it, and also tested how to notice bias sources and propaganda. But you're right; studying the cause is as important as, if not more important than, studying the result.
Lisa Tantrum 
We learnt about how Hitler made the most of a depressed country with high unemployment and inflation, and the racial tensions which arose as a result. We learnt how once we was in power he squewed the figures so that it looked as if employment rates were on the rise (by excluding Jewish people from the figures), otherwise known as alternative facts...
Ben Tantrum 
Argh - don't know if anyone else just got this but the emailing system just went a bit mad .... apologies all
LewisCarr 
Ktharveytaylor - I get it about being objective, it's easier for me to be objective quicker, as I am a white middle class non-muslim man. But you have to get there eventually. History is not a list of facts, it's about what is remembered. We need to make sure that a balanced view of what lead to the winning of the election, (and it started many years ago), as well as the outcome. That's what we need to teach our kids, even if it isn't taught in schools.
Lisa Tantrum 
Next question is up!
LewisCarr 
Stopped 2 years before GCSE. I wish I hadn't now, as I realise the importance. But I have visited Auschwitz on a school trip aged 17, so was still aware, to a smaller extent.
Lisa Tantrum 
Re: press coverage more important than what you actually say, I was livid how much oxygen the press gave Nigel Farage during the last election - it was disproportionate, in my opinion, and gave him an unfair advantage. And it would have given his party a boost too, had it not been for the bunch of numpties who were running.

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