My work here is OBVIOUSLY not done....
As we geared up to talk about Super Tuesday in the Cornelius classroom (and after I dodged 24 questions about who I voted for and what party I supported), one of my students talked about how he was going to be eligible to vote in the presidential election in November and how excited he was to be able to participate. I was feeling that warm glow of accomplishment until he said this:
"Yeah, I can't wait to cast my first ballot!"
One of the other kids questioned him: "So who would you vote for?"
"I don't know but I'm a--"My young friend then rustled around in his notebook and pulled out a piece of paper with notes from a previous class discussion in which I had explained the histories and basic platforms of the parties. He looked at it for two seconds and then finished, "a Republican, because I like to hunt! Yeah, that's it!"
Well, he's got until next November to be sure, I guess. I just hope he doesn't have to take his cheat sheet to the polls.