Thursday, October 30, 2008
Training Young Voters
She converted a spent box of Puffs into a ballot box, and decorated it accordingly. Now we have occasional referenda, complete with preliminary speeches and secret ballots.
On Sunday, we had a discussion about what kind of face to put on this year's jack o'lantern: happy or scary.
TB gave a talk on behalf of 'scary.' I gave one on behalf of 'happy.' All four of us voted, TG getting a little help with her ballot, and 'scary' won, 3 to 1.
TW asked TG why we went with scary. TG replied "because more people voted for scary." I beamed.
I won't give them the electoral college version of the game until they're older. The electoral college frightens small children, who know a monster when they see one.
Now we're looking for good questions for voting. (And we're already decided that "what do we want for dinner" is too pedestrian.) Wise and worldly readers -- any thoughts?
The charity idea is also good, or where to volunteer as a family.
While this is a great idea for teaching about voting, do you do anything else to teach ideas about the various "equitable and fair" ways to divide/decide things? I'm thinking something similar to Deborah Stone's Policy Paradox example of asking the students to divide up a chocolate cake in class but on an elementary school level.