Teacher helps students understand election, its outcome

No matter what side you're on, understanding the process of the election is important.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - With the election in the rearview mirror, understanding the process is an important part of government.

Especially when it comes to young people -- and those people have many questions.

"Talking to them a lot to day of the importance of accepting the results," said Dan Morse, a social studies teacher at Innovation Central High School. That’s probably the most important part of our government, that we have this tradition of elected results, majority rules, this is how we do it."

It’s a huge process that some adults still struggle to understand. With the tight race America just witnessed, Morse had a lot of questions on the popular vote versus the electoral college.

"We discussed how the electoral college has been around since 1789 when our constitution was founded, and how it’s all based on population," Morse said. "That’s the discussion, how our federal system works. That national interest versus state interest how we balance those two as a nation, and how we always have balanced those two as a nation."

Although Morse says he hasn’t seen a lot of positive emotions from his students the day after the election, there is a bright side.

"It’s almost been a catalyst for them to want to get more involved," Morse said. "More of them are frustrated that they don’t have a vote, many of them are frustrated with the outcome, however many of them have been inspired."

He also mentioned a lot of his students were asking questions of what Trump could and couldn’t do with his new title.

"I explained how important it is that we have all these checks and balances in our country and we have ways to slow down negative things from happening. It’s all very unpredictable right now, and time will tell," Morse said.

Although the majority of these students were not old enough to vote this time around, the outcome of the election, whether positive or negative, has lit a fire in the future leaders.

"One quote, one of the students said is ‘If we want to evolve, we have to get involved,'" Morse said.

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