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January 31, 2008

Do Maryland students care about the presidential election?

No matter how you slice it, this election year has the billings to be nothing short of historic – especially among Democrats. But do students care?

Are your students following the youthful surge caused by Barack Obama? Are your female students excited by Hillary Clinton? Have there been heated discussions about race and gender that have been caused by the two Democrats?

I’m particularly interested in finding out what history, current events, social studies, and civics teachers think.

Posted by John-John Williams IV at 6:01 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Around the Nation, Around the Region, Trends


I'd say that my school's students are pretty riled up about the election; we talk about the elections practically every day in our IB History of the Americas class. We had a long discussion the other day about the possible VP candidates that Obama might choose to run with him, whether or not the country is ready for a minority president, and what could happen coming out of Super Tuesday. We all seem pretty caught up in the spirit of change.

People here are pretty excited about the upcoming primary. My history teacher is actually planning a mock-primary election for the whole school (students, teachers, administrators, custodial staff, etc.,) complete with campaign ads, posters, registration, and everything. Our class if going around to each of the classes and going over each of the candidates (Democrat and Republican) and explaining their platforms and their backgrounds. Earlier this month we had a big registration drive so that seventeen-year-olds such as myself could register to vote. The people that are going to vote are excited to, though there are some people who still think that their vote isn't worth anything, and refuse to take part in the political process. It's been great to see people get motivated and active!

Student comment:

40 students from class will vote in their first election at 17 years of age on Feb. 12. Students registered to vote in class and are highly motivated to affect the primary.

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