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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Try this lesson in voting



Okay, the elections are over and you're probably happy about that, no matter who won. But that doesn't mean that learning about the electoral process has to end. Those clever clue-masters at Parent Hacks have a great lesson in voting that would be good dinnertime conversation any night. Hold a mock election, but instead of having kids vote for president or School Board, have one with issues that the kids can relate to, one that shows them that they probably wouldn't agree with every issue and would have to make a choice and compromise.

The candidates:

Mrs. Smith

Allows 2 pieces of candy after every meal
Makes children go to sleep at 7:30 p.m. every night
Favorite color is pink
Makes you clean your room every day
Takes children to the park every day

Mrs. Clark

Never allows candy in the house
Lets children stay up as late as they want to

Favorite color is blue
Lets children make messes and rarely clean up
Doesn't take children to the park very often at all

I like how the writer has set up a scenerio we often deal with as voters. Few candidates will give 100 percent of what you want, so you have to choose the one with the most qualities you like. I also plan to have a discussion about voting for what's best for the household vs. what you selfishly might like best. Excellent lesson!

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:57am]


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