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Preschool and Politics

Politics and preschool are not two words that you would be used in the same sentence ordinarily. But this is exactly what I thought about as I listened to one of my five year old students tell me about why she was glad Barack Obama won the election. I was so surprised because you don’t think that preschoolers are even concerned about things like this.

Politics seem way out of  a preschooler’s league. You would think they would be more concerned about Elmo, Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba, The Backyardigans or Thomas the Train. They have more important things to be concerned about like when are their mommy coming back or who is their friend today. But as I talked with her further I realized the reason why she was so ecstatic that President Obama is still our president.

In her little tiny voice she described to me how she didn’t want Romney to win because he was going to take away her show. Her show being Sesame Street, a tried and true staple of American kids everywhere. Of course her being the five year old that she was this was a very important thing for her. In her world Elmo, Big Bird, and The Count really did count for a lot for her and really help make her world a better place.

You make think that this is not a big thing but I’d like for you to look at the bigger picture. What she is actually saying is that yes, I ‘m a kid  and I need to learn things that will help  me to become a happy and contributing  adult. But I also need to have fun, to have joy, that there are things to learn in life and experience that have an intrinsic value. They are in life just to experience and the experience itself is extremely valuable because it’s what makes life more enjoyable and enriches life and helps growth to occur.

Who knew that politics would reach all the way down to preschoolers. That even preschoolers have a stake in elections not just from the budget aspects or curriculum aspect but just for their own personal enjoyment. Who knew that children even paid attention to things like this.  Well I am here to tell you they do. Our children are far more wiser and aware than we give them credit for. Just something to think about.

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