Politics from a ten year old’s perspective.

So, I’ve been hanging out with my nephew for the better part of today. At one point, whilst we were driving past his school, I mentioned that his school was the location in which we have to vote at for the upcoming federal election.

He said ‘Ah, that’s cool. On election day we’re having a mock vote at our school to see who the kids would elect!’

Thinking that sounded like a really cool idea, I pressed him for more information.

He said that every Wednesday, the local representative of each party comes to his school to speak at the assembly and allow the kids to ask them questions. Then on election day, taking the information they’ve been given, they’re going to have a mock vote within the kids at their school to see who the kids believe should be elected.

Firstly, KUDOS TO THIS SCHOOL. I think this is an amazing activity for kids to do and amazing way to make the next generation interested in politics and have them care about voting. (He just goes to a regular public school. The teachers just decided this was an initiative they wanted to take for the kids)

When I asked him who was left to come and speak he said the Liberal Party Representative and the Green Party Representative. So then I asked, based on what he’s already heard from the Representatives and what he knows form the news and from his parents (as I’m honestly not sure where my brother falls on the political spectrum… we have some wildly different beliefs in life), who would he vote for on election day?

He said ‘My first inclination when this started was to vote Conservative because they say they’re going to cut taxes a whole bunch which means I’d have more money which means I could buy more stuff!”

I laughed. I said ‘Good train of thought kiddo.”

Then he said “Yeah, but I’ve been thinking lately…”

“What have you been thinking?” I asked him.

“I’ve been thinking they might be lying about that. In which case, it’s not really going to benefit me to vote for him. I don’t like liars.”

“Why do you think they’re lying?” I asked.

“Well, their leader lied about being an Insurance Broker. And then we found out he lied about where he went to school… which is such a stupid thing to lie about because it’s school, HEELLO? And if he can lie about such stupid and small things like work and school, I really don’t know if they’re telling us the truth about anything.”

Thinking that was an incredibly mature answer to hear from a ten year old, I told him I was proud of him for considering all of the options and for taking an interest in politics.

“I’m just glad we’re not as screwed as the people in the States though. I mean, whoever gets elected, it can’t get as bad as it does down there,” he said.

“You know about American Politics, too?” I asked him.

“Yeah,” he said. “I pay attention to the news and what people say about it.”

“What’s your thoughts on American politics?” I asked him.

“Well, there’s this kid at school named Justin. Justin is really mean to all of the kids in our grade and below us. He’s taller than all of us so he tries to intimidate everyone. He’ll take your lunch money and then tell you that you have to thank him for taking it or he’ll punch you.But then he’s totally fake nice as soon as a teacher walks around. “

Confused as to why he was telling me about a kid at school, but also worried my nephew is being punched by a bigger kid I asked, “Does Justin hit you, B?”

He said “Oh, no. Justin hasn’t hit me. I just think… like… he’s mean to everyone and some people choose to be friends with him not because they like him but because they think if they’re friends with him then he’ll be less mean to them. But the rest of us, we didn’t do anything wrong and we suffer his wrath anyway. Just because we wound up in the same school as him.”

“Uh huh, so how come your telling me about Justin?” I asked.

“Well, the way I see it, Justin is a kid version of Donald Trump.”

And there you have it friends. If my ten year old nephew can understand politics this well, and be forming thoughtful, rational opinions based on what he’s been told and what he’s seen, then adults should have no excuse whatsoever as to being uninformed.

It’s more important than ever to go out and vote. Please, please, please, whatever your views are, get informed and go vote on Oct 21.

42 thoughts on “Politics from a ten year old’s perspective.

      1. no, why?! Aren’t you guys not doing it in Canada? We do, it is called canvassing. I will ping you when we will be doing it again, and I will blog about it.

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      2. Canvassing happens here… just moreso in big cities. The Politicians are aware the cities are where they most votes come from so that’s where they canvas.

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      3. We canvas almost exclusively in the small towns because this is where the undecided population resides, and that’s where the voters’ turnout is low. And the last two weeks before elections we canvass almost exclusively for “get out and vote.”

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  1. The thing I like the most from kids is they’re more honest in speaking of what they thought. So, if you want to know what an honesty looks like, try to seek it from the kids. I love his perspective on politics. He’s so mature and wise at very young age. I’d love to give him virtual hug from afar.

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  2. Love, Love, LOVE this! You have a very smart, insightful nephew, and I’m glad that Canadian schools are at least teaching politics this way. I think we need to introduce politics into our schools at a young age — not the backstabbing, lying, gerrymandering BS we have here in the US, but actual politics and how it affects peoples’ lives. I think part of our problem here in the States is that people have NO idea how things work and they are voting for people who are just screwing them over in the end (ahem West Virginia voting for trump).

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    1. You’re right – informing people is the best thing you can do. People always say the younger generation doesn’t care to get involved and I think it’s just an excuse so they don’t have to teach younger generations.

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  3. If he would have said “Well, the way I see it, Justin is a kid version of the U.S. media” would you have had the same reaction? I ask because one of the easiest things to do in politics is place blame on one person or party, it makes the process easier “they are bad” so I have to do the opposite. You would expect that from a child, what is troublesome to me is you see this in adults now too. The result is a lack of honesty across the board. Yep Trump is a bully, on play ground full of them.

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    1. I’m of the belief that a Journalist should call out a politician on their crap. For that reason, I am happy that the media isn’t afraid to call out politicians on their crap.

      That being said, I’m also of the belief a journalist should be impartial, and I do agree that the majority of media outlets in the US are biased. They’re either for the current Repbulican party, or vehemently against them. To me, I don’t know what’s worse…. outlets like Fox News who literally live boost his ego and bully anyone who disagrees with him, or CNN, who turns non-news into news to try and make him look worse.

      Had he said Justin is like the media, I would have told him that the media isn’t known as ‘the most powerful leader of he free world’ who controls the fate of every journalist in the USA and therefore, it’s really not a level playing field. While I do get your point, I don’t think they’re the same thing.

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    2. P.S. I hope that didn’t come across as snarky. After I hit send I realized it might have. I was just meaning it as having an open discussion, so I wanted to send this to proclaim that. I liked you opinion and I liked that you shared and I just wanted to share my thoughts back. So thank you!

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      1. No problem. Im not offended. I am not a Trump fan, I didnt vote for him. I have studied history, and I have seen many times that when one, or a group of people are assigned blame for a multitude of I’ll’s it often doesnt end well. My point was very simply that as bad as trump is, that doesnt mean the alternative is good or even better. You take care !

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  4. From the mouths of babes! About a year and a half ago, my 6 year old daughter and I were flipping through a new history textbook. Before I realized what was happening, she had stopped on a cartoon version of people being burned at the stake in medieval England. After explaining why people did that back then, she asked me, “how could someone do that to another person?” I replied, “I don’t know baby, I think sometimes people have to be a little crazy to be that cruel and to try to force people to believe what they want them to believe at any cost.”
    She thought for a moment, and said, “they must be so crazy, they need one of those white coats with the long arms!”
    I looked at her for a moment, then it dawned on me, “you mean a straight-jacket?”
    She nodded yes. I said, “yup, that’s true, then they couldn’t hurt anyone, right?”
    She looked at me and said, “d’ya know who else needs a straight jacket?”
    “Who?” I asked.
    She looked me straight in the eye and said “Donald Trump.”
    Never been so proud.

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  5. Wow, I agree – KUDOS to that school! What an awesome way to teach kids about politics. I often feel like our education system blatantly fails at preparing us for making an informed decision as adults when it comes to voting.
    And, there are kids that take your lunch money? What YEAR is that kid living in???
    Finally – your nephew sounds like his parents are also doing a great job at exposing him to world politics and news…he sounds very informed!

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    1. I love the initiative the school is taking with these kids. I kind of want to write them and let them know I’m thankful for the things they’re doing for these kids.

      And yeah, apparently kids are still stealing other kids lunch money. It seems some problems from school are doomed to be carried on throughout time from generation to generation. Le sigh…

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  6. My son totally comments on things political as well. He only hears key words and the. Makes up the missing info. Sometimes it is the most bizarre imagination but then he is spot on and I have to explain that people don’t always act their age and you can’t fix stupid.

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  7. WOW! That was very powerful and thought provoking, and he’s so young! I’m proud of him for being able to think critically at his age and grateful to his parents for raising him that way and also to you for encouraging him. He’s going to make a big difference in society as he grows older, I just know it.

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    1. I, too, think he’ll make big changes when he grows up. At 10 years old he continues to astound me with how aware he is of the world. I agree, his parents have done a pretty great job with him!

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