POLITICS Voters in Brattleboro, Vermont, will be asked this week to lower the voting age for local elections to 16, a move that some say could place the town on the cutting edge in a world where teenage political maturity may be vastly increasing thanks to online social interaction. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to learn more about elections. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading Should 16-year-olds Be Allowed to Vote?
When it comes to midterm elections, what do your students think? Are they confused as to why the elections are being held without a presidential race? Or are they tuned in to the fact that the officials elected during midterm elections can have a great impact on the future of their local communities? Do they realize that some of the officials elected during midterm elections have influence … Continue reading Mapping Monday: How Votes Moved Many
POLITICS Here are some skills that educators can teach budding reporters (and voters!) so that they can productively engage in the debates around the 2014 midterm elections. (PBS MediaShift) Use our United States MapMaker Kit to plot areas where voters will be deciding key issues. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas The … Continue reading 7 Strategies for Teaching about Midterm Elections
WORLD On September 18, Scottish voters will answer a simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the referendum. (Guardian) Use our resources to get an idea about how long England and Scotland have been debating this issue. Discussion Ideas Scots will go to the polls next week to answer Yes or No to a simple, … Continue reading Scots Free?
WORLD Afghanistan goes to the polls on Saturday. Hundreds of women are running for provincial council posts, and a former minister is making history as the first-ever female vice presidential candidate. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to better understand Afghan culture. Discussion Ideas Read the short Christian Science Monitor (CSM) article, then read through the just-as-short article “The Taliban, Women, and Human Rights” from … Continue reading Afghan Women Run for Office