When I want the kids to do some work around the house I don't ask if there want to mow the lawn, or if they will do the dishes, or would they mind pulling some weeds in the garden, and I don't order them to do these things (unless plan A fails...but there not that smart yet!). what I do is i frame or propose what I want them to do so that they feel like they have a choice. I will say hey little johnny what do ya think about helping me out today, response usually "OK" then I ask if they would rather mow or do the dishes....thus they are thinking between the 2 choices I framed for them ...not any thing else....and they are happy about it ...because they had a choice and exercised it!!
Elections may be more complex but the fundamentals apply. Our 7Th grader came home the other day excited about the test they took that indicates if they are more republican or more Democrat and how it related to their pick between McCain or Obama....what an educational tool I thought (sarcastically to my self). I suggested that he ask the teacher about the other candidates running and the parties they represent to stir some discussion......Ill never forget How he responded....he said so innocently only as a youngster could "they teacher would say I'm too smart and to not confuse the class" I thought to my self " how prophetic"
well there are at least 10 candidates running for president, I will list them and their links....check em out ...I'm not saying who you should vote for...just educate yourself..
also make sure to go to TV News Lies...Jesse over there always has something real to say