The country was busy on November 6th, Election Day. So was the Perkins School. It's hard to say if the kids were as tired as the adults on November 7th, but they were still pretty excited.
Ms. Mansfield's class had taken their own vote. Obama had done better in our fourth grade than he did in the national tally, but he was still elected president of the United States. One kid in this class was talking about watching the returns. "At first he was behind," he said, "and I was worried. But then later it changed."
Our kids also made some posters for their candidates, in which they wrote about issues important to them, including the need to vote.
Soon it will be back to math and other kinds of history. Learning the need to participate in a democracy, however, is one of the most important lessons of all.