In just over a month, the country will choose its next president, Massachusetts will vote for a Senator, and a BB&N alum (Joe Kennedy III ’99) may win a seat in the House of Representatives. This November 6, Election Day, is not only an exciting time in our country, but also a great learning opportunity for many classes at school. Over the next month, The Vanguard hopes that teachers will increase discussion about the election in class. We learn so much in school—what happened in the 19th century in the United States, how to differentiate equations, why mitochondria are important in a cell—but we now have a chance to connect what we are studying to what is happening in the world.
The Vanguard commends the two AP US Government sections for shaping their curricula around the election and incorporating current events into class. Watching conventions and debates has been assigned for homework and the campaigns have been discussed in class; in addition, each student studies a swing state or a key Senate race and reports on it this month. Though the election fits more seamlessly with government classes, it can be incorporated into other courses as well. It is important that we be informed citizens, and learning about politics and the issues at stake in an election is a great way to create an educated and active citizenry. By engaging in more structured discussions at school, we can think about what is important to us, develop our own opinions, and not just go along with what family or peers believe. School is a logical place to educate and develop the next generation of voters, so we should take advantage of it.