***13-14 and Politics QOTW ***

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***13-14 and Politics QOTW ***
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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 10:23am

With the election tomorrow...


**Does your 13-14 year old have a choice for president?


**Is this something you discuss with him/her as a family?


**Will he/she watch the results come in?


**Does his/her school do anything special for this event?
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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 10:44am

**Does your 13-14 year old have a choice for president?
Definitely! AND, to add to this topic, yesterday he realized that in the VERY NEXT election, he'll be able to vote! He was really excited about that prospect.

**Is this something you discuss with him/her as a family?

Constantly, he often watches the talking head type shows with dh at night, and we talk politics/business frequently so both kids are exposed. It was interesting, at our fall festival last week there was a fairly large group of teen kids left at the end and they were all sitting in a circle talking, we heard them at one point and they were talking politics! I grilled my son later and made sure he was respectful and didn't assume others agreed with him, he said he was.

**Will he/she watch the results come in?

Definitely.

**Does his/her school do anything special for this event?

I just assigned a paper for him to complete this week, researching the history, purpose, pros/cons of the electoral college.

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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 11:33am

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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 1:07pm

We aren't American, but Kurt is very politically informed. We had a federal election in October and Kurt new more about the candidates than I did. I've been taking him to vote since he was 2, and he's always been interested.

He does have an opinion on the American election and is pretty well versed on the main issues there too. How can he not be? This election will affect Canada too, so I'm glad he is interested in politics. So far, he seems pretty left wing, which may be a bit of my influence, but he's also a staunch capitalist (two of his idols are Bill Gates and Donald Trump) so we differ there. Oh well. ;)

Of course my views permeate any political discussions we have, but I have always tried to present all sides as best as I can, and I have encouraged him to learn as much as he can so he doesn't just pick a political party or ideology based on what his parents do, if that makes sense.

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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 1:09pm
Maybe he will share that paper with me.LOL! Every time I think I get the American system, I realize I don't. :o)
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Mon, 11-03-2008 - 2:58pm

**Does your 13-14 year old have a choice for president? Yes, she does.


**Is this something you discuss with him/her as a family? We do discuss things, I am sure she listens. She did watch some of the debates with us.


**Will he/she watch the results come in? I imagine she will, some.


**Does his/her school do anything special for this event? They are having their own election.


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Tue, 11-04-2008 - 8:05am

**Does your 13-14 year old have a choice for president?

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Tue, 11-04-2008 - 10:29am
jackies school has an "election" so they can see how the election process works. They only vote for the president though. She early voted as well. I do know who she voted for and it has nothing to do with what she does or does not believe in. She voted for the popular of the school. I feel pretty bad because she has no clue what it really means.