Education is not limited to plotting quadratic equations and reading comprehension exercises–it is meant to better prepare students for the world. A quality high school experience should help students become well-rounded members of society who are able to express their opinions and make decisions for the collective good.
Holding mock elections in high school can help students do just that. Read on to learn more about why mock elections should take place in high school and how such elections are one of many ways to encourage increased voting among young adults.
Mock elections for representative bodies, such as presidential or congressional elections, can help students learn about democracy and develop essential voting values. There are many reasons to engage students in the democratic process, which include:
The most natural consequence of holding mock elections is knowledge about national, state, and local representative bodies. Students will learn the composition of these bodies, how representatives are elected to them, and the different parties that campaign.
Participating in elections helps students learn about democracy and its importance. It also gives them the opportunity to participate in a process that impacts them directly.
With multiple parties participating in elections, each one will have a different platform. This means students will have to evaluate ideas and perspectives to choose who to vote for, which helps students think critically and develop opinions.
From designing posters to arranging debates, campaigning involves numerous skills. Students can develop or improve their skills through designing campaign leaflets, writing speeches and presentations, and creating campaign videos. This helps students bring their beliefs into concrete form and learn how to advocate for ideas.
Debate is great for working on public speaking and critical thinking skills. Debate not only means expressing one’s ideas, but also evaluating the other side’s stance. In practicing arguments and counterarguments, students become trained in evaluating other perspectives and presenting ideas with confidence.
Voting is an important part of civic life. Through mock elections, students learn the importance of having their voice heard through voting. This should, ideally, translate into their life beyond school, making them more likely to vote in local, state, and national elections.
A mock election in your class or school can be an engaging activity that involves students, teachers, and other parties. As such, these elections can require significant effort and planning–here is how you can ensure a successful mock election at your high school: