KidSpeak: Presidential Election 2016

KidSpeak: Presidential Election 2016

- in Featured, July 2016

With the political season in high swing and both parties taking the stage this month — the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — Northeast Ohio Parent and Philadelphia’s MetroKids magazine decided to come together to provide readers some insight into what kids really think.

Elections are not only important to parents, but also can affect kids. Even though they are not of voting age, they have opinions.

Northeast Ohio Parent went to Perry High School in Perry, Ohio, and talked to a journalism class taught by Jennifer Hunter, while MetroKids talked to eighth grade students at St. Edmond’s Academy, an independent Catholic school for boys in Wilmington, Del.

Below are some of their responses when asked how this election will affect their future and what issues they think are important for the next president to address.

Ali W., 10th grader, Perry High School — Gender equality, because men and women are not being paid the same amount for salaries, even if it’s the same job. I will be 18 next year and the president will make some changes that affect my future and college decisions.

Sarah C. 11th grader, Perry High School — Racism needs to be addressed because everyone is human and needs to be treated equally. No matter what the next president does, he or she will change the way of life for better or worse.

Megan C. 10th grader, Perry High School —  Anything involving the earth because it’s where we will probably live forever and we need to take care of it. Some other things that are important are abortion rights, gender equality and animal extinction. We will continue to grow up with the good or bad things the next president creates.

Sarah E. 9th grader, Perry High School — I believe the biggest issue to address would be the immigrant versus terrorist issue because we need to know the difference between the two and what the plan is for them. When the elections are completed, soon after, it may affect my everyday life and spending.

 Josh M. 8th grader, St. Edmonds Academy, Delaware — I think the most important issues that we have now is either the North Korea Nuclear Program or the ISIS threat. It is hard for me to decide because these are both very important national security issues. These are both two very hot topic issues and that is why it is hard for me to choose between the two.

 Ben R. 8th grader, St. Edmonds Academy, Delaware — The biggest issue that I feel America faces today is its troubles with ISIS. The reason that I believe this is the biggest issue is because they have caused many different problems, such as casualties and having to pay a great amount of money to clean up and fix building


About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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