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The opinion of young people matter because their future depends on the decisions we make now. I think it is a human right to be heard. Just because they’re younger does not mean they don’t have value.
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I encourage my kindergartners by having a democratic classroom. We vote on many issues throughout the year.
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In order for my students’ voices to be heard, I stress the importance of know all sides of an issue. In order to be knowledgeable about the topic, one must know all facets.
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I make sure that my students are up to date on the issues. We do current events, look at how history connects to our present situations, and discuss the events that are relevant to them.
As a teen librarian, I provide voting information to my older teens and young adults. I also make sure to have plenty of books in the library collection about the political process, and I would love to add this one!
As a counselor, we hope to bring together many different aspects of the student’s emotional and educational development to feel empowered to express confidant and heart-felt opinions.
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My son and I discuss constitutional liberties and watch candidate speeches.
It is very important for kids and teenagers to know that they have a voice in our government. They are the population that will need to be well versed in the laws and how they can make the movements toward a truly democratic country.
I always tell students the greatest responsibility they have is to determine who they will vote for while thinking for themselves.
Sharing a book like this with students reinforces classroom conversations on the responsibilities of being a US citizen and the importance of each and every vote in making your voice heard.
Young teens don’t think they count when it comes to an election. They count as they engage with their parents in discussions about the issues and the candidates. They can begin to form their opinions on what is important and what matters.
When they work and receive a paycheck they can see that some of their hard earned money is going to the government, which they are now supporting.
When a young voter says they don’t know who to vote for, it is our responsibility to remind them that every vote counts and that the should take the time to acquaint themselves with the issues and the candidates so they can make an informed decision.
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I encourage my kids that every vote counts and that voting is our duty as a United States citizen. Learning about how the federal government works and knowing our US Presidents, our three branches of government and about our nation’s capitol is essential in our household since their father is a Vet and we are both civil servants.
I talk to kids and teens frankly about how I feel when I engage (excited and connected), and when I do something that feels right to me, in order to make a difference in the world. I encourage them to follow one instinct to participate and see where it leads. Then I tell stories of criss-crossing the country to help in the 2004 elections, and how much fun it was!