What IL students say about our 45th president

We have selected three stories from Illinois high schools concerning the election of Donald Trump to the office of president of the United States. The first opinion piece was written as students from New Trier High School in Winnetka went up to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to campaign for one of the candidates. The other two stories were written after the election and after a considerable level of protest erupted around the country, including in our high schools.

Mr Trump will have some tough decisions to make as he learns about and plans for his new administration and how he will govern. But what is completely clear, after reading students’ writing, is that he has no better grasp of the decision-making process than any of them do. His decisions admittedly have bigger consequences, but the process of internalizing information and going with his gut, as President George W Bush was fond of saying, is the same.

The factors and events that shape our lives and just about everything we do are not a decision but a curiosity, really. What engages us in our world, and why? What are we curious about, and what goals do we want to pursue? Mr Trump asks the same questions these students do.

New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois
Fremd High School, Palatine, Illinois
Lake Park High School, Roselle, Illinois

About the Author

Paul Katula

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.