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Talking to Kids About the Election

Do you take your child to vote with you? Do you discuss the issues?

Election Day is Tuesday and America will choose which man will run the country for the next four years.

Our kids can’t vote in the election until they are 18, but my earliest memory of the election process is voting for president in a Weekly Reader poll. (I won’t date myself and tell you the candidates.)

Children learn about current events, such as politics at school, from TV and from the environment created by parents. So, how do you deal with the elections and your kids?

I remember my mom taking me to vote with her when I was a child. Do you feel it’s important to take your child with you for the experience?

Do you talk about the issues in front of your children or with your children?

Share your opinions in the comments area below.

Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This article is from "TIME for Kids: Vote For President: Cast your vote in TFK's election poll." Students apparently were only given two choices for President even though 2 more third party candidate's names, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) WILL actually appear on most state ballots this election. Why aren't we teaching students or most adults of all legitimate candidates running for the Presidency? Why are we denying reality is the real question? What do we hope to gain from denial or half-truths? "On November 6, Americans will go to the polls to vote for President. Two candidates want the top job. One is Barack Obama. Elected President in 2008, Obama wants to lead the country for another four years. He is a Democrat. In September, the Democratic Party will officially nominate Obama for President at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mitt Romney also wants to be President. He is a Republican. His party meets in August, in Tampa, Florida, at the Republican National Convention. There, Romney is expected to be named his party’s presidential nominee. Americans must be at least 18 to vote. But young people can still share their opinions. Make your choice in the TIME For Kids poll below". TFK POLL Who would be your choice for President? Choices Barack Obama Mitt Romney Read more: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/vote-president/42751 http://www.timeforkids.com/news/vote-president/42751
Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Here is another article brought to students by PBS Kids: The Democracy Project. On Meet the Candidates page, again only two choices for PBS Kids to choose from. How is this truly educational? Isn't it time for nothing but the truth, the whole truth to be told? Our children and students deserve the whole truth. http://pbskids.org/democracy/meet-the-candidates/
Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I understand, Rosemary. Your students have a good teacher. They're lucky. The average American adult should be in your class. They would have more opportunity to truly learn about all our choices for the Presidency. First Amendment rights do extend into how our media violates rather than permits free speech in regard to our nationally televised Presidential debates, and our election process. It is time it came to an end.
Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Yeah, here's one that is telling the whole truth for voters in Pennsylvania. (Some states have more candidates on the ballot, though Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein do have the most ballots). Kudos to Kids Voting USA! Good for you for telling the truth, and making it available to students! http://kidsvotingusa.org/2012-presidential-election-resources
Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Yes, let's be throughly clear what is at stake this election. It is civil liberties. "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/

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