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What's a good way to talk to my 12 year old about politics?

In easy to understand terms. Kentucky's law says I must teach my son civics. I thought with the upcoming Presidential election I would concentrate on teaching him about the different parties, how the President is elected, etc. How can I teach my son something that seems to have the whole country divided. Something such as U.S. politics and its nuances are sometimes difficult for even adults to comprehend. What are some good resources I can use to help explain these things in kid friendly terms? BTW, if you are against homeschooling don't bother answering my question with your rhetoric about how I'm "damaging" my child etc. etc. I'm sick of it. I didn't mean baby terms, just kid friendly, you know, something a 12 year old could comprehend.

Asked By: college_student - 8/4/2007
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This website has a section on textbooks and curriculum for studying government: http://www.cathyduffyreviews.com/history-geography/history-geography-index.htm... More
Answered By: Barbara C - 8/5/2007
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First of all, your child is 12. He shouldn't be babied with "easy to understand terms". Thats 2nd grade. Look on Wikipedia or something. Teach him the challenging stuff, or he'll never learn.
Answered By: qųěęŋ ŏf ħęãŗţş - 8/4/2007
 
Look for things in your family. Politics is basically decision making. Maybe you could start by electing where you will go on vacation. Then makebe you could take part of the allowance as a kind of "tax" to help pay for the trip... More
Answered By: Joseph G - 8/4/2007
 
DON'T use wikipedia, it's not reliable as it's editable by anyone and may contain incorrect or biased information... More
Answered By: answer faerie, V.T. - 8/4/2007
 
I think pointing out just how torn the country is would be a perfect way of showing how important the election process is... More
Answered By: flhomeschoolers - 8/4/2007
 
The truth Look at the news Like Obama saying he'd go full on into Afganistan.
Answered By: Earl D - 8/4/2007
 
There was a curriculum called "We the People" that was supported by the NCLB thing. It was a study on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and then more. Although I'm an English teacher, I took a week's workshop in this a couple of years ago. It was pretty good material. They gave me a whole classroom set of... More
Answered By: Elizabeth L - 8/4/2007
 
I would ask my child what he or she thinks and take it from there.answer questions be fair and honest weigh pros and cons from every side etc......
Answered By: shy_1012000 - 8/4/2007
 
Remember that Civics concentrates on the basic structure and process of our government more than specific current events, politicians, or parties. Those areas will be explored in more depth as you teach him American Government when he's a little older. For now, focus on the responsibilities of each branch of government... More
Answered By: phantom_of_the_internet_01 - 8/5/2007
 
I just learned it in 5th grade. It's easier for an educator to teach it. Try asking the teacher to tell him about it. Tell the teacher, that you don't know how to tell him. I'm 12 too. :)
Answered By: =D envirofrogg - 8/5/2007
 
Civics/Patriotisim is really not as difficult as it seems! I would start out with some US History - Constitution, etc. (National Treasure is a great movie for boys that could kick off some discussion) School House Rock has songs on the Branches of Government, Electoral College and Bills - they can be used as a... More
Answered By: ArmyWifey - 8/5/2007
 
Our local MP arranged for us to visit Parliament House so maybe you and your son could do something similar by arranging a meeting with your local MP. Hannah
Answered By: Hannah M - 8/5/2007
 
Your son could go see a city council meeting, then volunteer to work on a political campaign for a local candidate. It would be an eye-opener.
Answered By: Crystal - 8/5/2007
 
My kids are about that age and I ordered a middle school wkbk on civics from Rainbow Resource.
Answered By: Cris O - 8/5/2007
 
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