I still remember casting a pretend ballot for the Reagan-Mondale presidential election in 1984. I was in first grade, and Sr. Mary Grace set up a kid-sized voting booth — which, I suspect, served as a precise poll for how our parents voted.
I won’t tell you which box I checked (secret ballot), but the experience clearly left an impression.
Now that the California primary might matter more than it used to, what are teachers and schools doing to bring the process to life? Are there discussions about the issues raised (or not raised) in the debates? The pros and cons of the Iowa Caucus and the Electoral College? Campaign financing? Holes in the media coverage?
If I get some interesting tips, I’ll be sure to write a story about it. Better yet, if you’re planning a class discussion or project on the presidential election (and you’re brave enough to let a reporter into your classroom), let me know.
images from a poster contest at kidsvotingusa.org