Over the next few hours, those supporters — waving Trump flags, egging each other on — forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. A panicked Congress evacuated, leaving a mob to breach the heart of American democracy for the first time in more than 200 years.
On Jan. 7, social studies teachers had to explain it to their students.
It was a tall task. And in some school districts, teachers initially didn’t even try. Matt Carlstrom, a teacher at Minnesota’s Deer River High School, said his administration forbade teachers from bringing it up. Later, after talks with district leadership, those restrictions were loosened.
“This did happen to other teachers, throughout the state,” Carlstrom said. “I think there was concern that if we were too passionate about one side or the other, that was going to go home and…