October 12, 2015

Kids' guide to politics

The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics
by Edward Keenan

In clear, concise, conversational prose, Edward Keenan shows kids how political decisions are made and how politicians use rhetorics (arguments and debates) to influence voters. He explains the pros and cons of conflict, the danger of bias and polarization, and the different ideologies that make up political parties (left-wing, right-wing, etc). He uses case studies to further clarify his points, providing kids with a clear-eyed view of how government works or doesn't work. It'll help them make sense of the often confusing political process and may just spur them to become active citizens. After all, children are most affected by political decisions. Maybe it's time to give them the vote.

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