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Called "The Big Vote," the curriculum covers the history of the election process and includes discussion questions on topics such as the primary system and the merits of debates between candidates as well as a list of related books, articles, and activities. The packet of materials also includes an opinion survey that students can administer in their schools or communities.

The Big Vote is available for $7.50 from the League of Women Voters-circ, 6665 Delmar, Suite 304, St. Louis, Mo. 63130.

Parents can play a key role in their children's mathematics education, a new pamphlet from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics says. The pamphlet, "How to Be the Plus in Your Child's Mathematics Education," outlines four activities that children can engage in at home to strengthen the skills they learn in school.

Two of exercises use calculators and computers. The activities also include a coupon-clipping project, for which a child clips coupons, then calculates how much money could be saved by using them while shopping. Another activity requires the child to figure out how many hours of each week he or she spends on various activities.

The booklets are available from participating mathematics teachers, or from the nctm/Parents II, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 22091.(Inclusion of a stamped, self-addressed return envelope is requested.)

An increasing number of students with part-time jobs must report their earnings to the Internal Revenue Service. Those that don't have jobs will nevertheless confront the mysteries of 1040 forms as adults. The irs, interested in helping both groups, has developed a program called "Understanding Taxes" for use in secondary schools.

The program, which is available free, was developed to "introduce today's students to historical and contemporary issues in federal and state taxes," according to the irs Said by the agency to be suitable for use in many classes--history, economics, vocational education, for example--the course covers topics such as taxpayer rights and responsibilities, the politics of taxation, and facts and fallacies about the irs

Three films are available to supplement the program, which comes with a teachers guide.

For more information on "Understanding Taxes," write to the Internal Revenue Service, D:R:T:I Room 7211, 1111 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20224.--sw

Vol. 3, Issue 12

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