I’m very interested to see how the 2008 presidential election affects the motivation levels of students this year. As this article in The Washington Post talks about, the 18-24 age group is notorious for being politically apathetic, particularly those who haven’t gone to college, but some are hopeful that that might change.
I know this is an issue that doesn’t directly affect most high school students, since only a small percentage of them can participate in the voting process, but I do think a presidential election is one of the most exciting things that happens in this country, and even those who can’t vote are affected by the decisions made by those who can. It’ll be interesting to see, come September, how excitement about the election will manifest itself in classrooms.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.