High schools suffer ‘rising political incivility and division,’ principals say
A UCLA survey of hundreds of high-school principals found that most high-school campuses are experiencing some of the more troubling aspects of current public discourse in the U.S.
“In the age of Trump, America’s high schools are greatly impacted by rising political incivility and division,” the study, titled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” concluded. In particular, the principals said that political incivility, misinformation on social media, and racial hostility have had a negative affect in their schools. More than 6 in 10 said some of their students have made derogatory remarks about immigrants.
UCLA researchers surveyed 505 high-school principals at the mid-point of the Trump presidency and found that 89% reported that incivility in the broader political environment had “considerably affected” their schools, and that 83% said the tensions were made worse by “the flow of untrustworthy or disputed information” on social media.