Political Base

September 17, 2012 by Bill Ivey

You never really know how students are going to handle an election year. My first-ever Humanities class revelled in it, joining Walter McKenzie's Surfaquarium project linking classrooms nationally, researching and presenting different candidates, refining and strengthening their views on different issues, and debating, debating, debating. With three students supporting George W. Bush, five students supporting John Kerry, one student leaning toward the Green party, and one student resolutely keeping her preferences to herself, discussions were lively indeed and my primary role was that of moderator. So I was ready for a replay four years ago - and the students' attitude seemed to be, no thanks, we hear enough about the election as it is, could we study something else please? With those two extreme experiences behind me, I am definitely ready for anything this year.

Filed Under: Middle School, On Education, campaigns, politics in the classroom, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, election, The Faculty Perspective, girls' school, Stoneleigh-Burnham School