How to Teach Civics and not Get Lost in the Circus

Earlier this week, Elliot Rebhun, Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, was featured on the Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" column, discussing how Scholastic News covers election news at every grade level. We have permission to reproduce a portion of the column below. To learn more about age- and grade-appropriate ways to teach the election, please click here.

For educators, the 2016 election is proving trickier than most to talk about with students. From nasty debates to controversial positions on the issues, this election can be a tough one to discuss in classrooms at any grade level.

But educators across the nation don’t want to miss this chance to teach kids about how our democracy works, and to engage them in the democratic process. Teachers have only four opportunities, at best—from the time students start kindergarten until they graduate from high school—to let their kids experience a presidential election.

And the civics of this election doesn’t need to be lost in the circus. Like any controversial topic, the election can be taught as long as it’s handled appropriately for each grade level.

What follows is a look at how the content and approach to election coverage varies from kindergarten through high school. Our goal is always to engage students in the electoral process in age-appropriate ways, no matter how contentious any given election gets.

Find out more by visiting the "Answer Sheet!"

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