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If Kids Could Vote

If Kids Could vote
Sally Sugarman
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2007
HQ784 .P5 S84 2007

Preparing children to become citizens of a democracy requires recognition of the different ways in which children learn about politics. Kids in the United States currently spend most of their lives in controlled situations such as schools where the dependency they experience in their homes is reinforced. Books, films, television, and video games influence how children think about democracy. Interviews and surveys of children during three Presidential elections and two non-Presidential years show how some sixth-graders in a Vermont town react to the political issues raised in those elections. Besides presenting the children's voices, Sally Sugarman also examines various aspects of the media and the school situation to see how they affect the children's thinking. Changes that might improve the children's understanding and knowledge of democracy are also suggested. This book should be of interest to parents, teachers, and those involved in media literacy, popular culture, and child development.

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