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Do you take your children to the polls as a Social Studies lesson?

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We're holding our own election later this week (they're running against our dogs for president & senator) and I thought seeing the real polls would be fun for them (it was).

I told my husband there would be an 8 mil hs levy on the ballot & he said he was voting NO, lol.


Do your children enjoy seeing democracy in action too?
by on Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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TidewaterClan
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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I'll say!  That's usually an easy position to keep if you're halfway decent and not too full of yourself.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 The paper this morning was still saying it was too close to call, which started great conversations about deadlines and print times and newspaper delivery.  LOL  I would say that even if the judge is retained she will be a bit less conceited in the future.  How many judges have a too close to call vote?  She's gotta be sweating this morning!

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Those are super cool discussions! Do you have the results in yet about your judge?

Lessons like that are the ones they can definitely take with them into adulthood.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Yes, we took the boys to the polls.  We vote a lot in our house and negotiate.  They are great debaters!  This year we had a nice long conversation about retaining judges.  One of our local judges has been doing a bit of legislating from the bench and the boys are looking up what exactly will happen if the vote comes back to not retain her.  And they are looking up why we are voting for retention instead of voting between 2 people who want to be judges.  Very cool discussions going on.

 


TidewaterClan
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM


Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

I usually do. I didn't this time. Why? Because the only thing on our local ballot was School board stuff and honestlly...we aren't concerned about it. I didn't feel the need to do the research.

 I hate our local school, I disagree with their methods, and I dislike how all they want to talk about (the school board members) is how they reduced their deficit like that tells how the kids are learning or something.  So I go vote for anybody but the incumbent every time.  Very little research needed.  :-)

You guys have the "volunteer little people of the world so we can earn a bonus!" school system?  Unfortunately, the people I don't like in ours are too far down to NOT vote for.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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Quoting TidewaterClan:


Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

I usually do. I didn't this time. Why? Because the only thing on our local ballot was School board stuff and honestlly...we aren't concerned about it. I didn't feel the need to do the research.

 I hate our local school, I disagree with their methods, and I dislike how all they want to talk about (the school board members) is how they reduced their deficit like that tells how the kids are learning or something.  So I go vote for anybody but the incumbent every time.  Very little research needed.  :-)

You guys have the "volunteer little people of the world so we can earn a bonus!" school system?  Unfortunately, the people I don't like in ours are too far down to NOT vote for.

 Oh yeah, I'd love to vote out the principals and department chairs too.  Our local elementary school has gone through 3 principals in the past 2 years!  When we left, the man who was principal was ready to retire and had been principal for 20 years.  Then they had a woman for half a year, brought in an older gentleman who had retired earlier to fill in for the second half, finally they have a new one this year.  From what I understand she'll also be leaving at the end of the school year.  It's been a total upheaval and these silly school board members are bragging about how well they've done.  It's so frustrating.

Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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I've voted with my kids in tow since I was carrying them in my arms to the booth. They have always known why we vote, who is running, what the big issues are, etc. To me, its not a "social studies class" thing. Its just a thing. Like buying groceries, or home maintenence.

TidewaterClan
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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That has to be hard on the families at the school, and I hope they're voting the same way you are. The board has no right to brag.

The principal last year was just promoted. It sounds like the new lady is better than he was (would be hard not to be!).


Quoting bluerooffarm:

 


Quoting TidewaterClan:




Quoting bluerooffarm:


 


Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:


I usually do. I didn't this time. Why? Because the only thing on our local ballot was School board stuff and honestlly...we aren't concerned about it. I didn't feel the need to do the research.


 I hate our local school, I disagree with their methods, and I dislike how all they want to talk about (the school board members) is how they reduced their deficit like that tells how the kids are learning or something.  So I go vote for anybody but the incumbent every time.  Very little research needed.  :-)


You guys have the "volunteer little people of the world so we can earn a bonus!" school system?  Unfortunately, the people I don't like in ours are too far down to NOT vote for.


 Oh yeah, I'd love to vote out the principals and department chairs too.  Our local elementary school has gone through 3 principals in the past 2 years!  When we left, the man who was principal was ready to retire and had been principal for 20 years.  Then they had a woman for half a year, brought in an older gentleman who had retired earlier to fill in for the second half, finally they have a new one this year.  From what I understand she'll also be leaving at the end of the school year.  It's been a total upheaval and these silly school board members are bragging about how well they've done.  It's so frustrating.

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