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Resources for Teaching About the 2016 Elections

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 26, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2016/09/26/resources-teaching-2016-elections/
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Fingers holding "I voted" sticker

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by Marsha Rakestraw

With elections in the US only weeks away, many schools are struggling with how (or even if) they should approach this year’s elections, especially with what has been an egregiously uncivil national campaign.

Teachers who are choosing to engage their students with the elections are trying a variety of approaches.

What’s clear is that many teachers are hyper-aware of the need for civil discourse and critical thinking.

Voting, elections, and democracy are a core part of who we are as citizens, and teaching young people to become compassionate, thoughtful, active citizens is essential to their well-being and the health of our society.

Use the resources we’ve collected on our Teaching About Elections Pinterest page to help you bring meaningful exploration of this year’s election to your students.