Politics from Five Feet Up: a Kid's Perspective
This article was written by son Jacob, a seventh grader at Parker Middle School in Reading: Jacob Berman
When one travels in the downtown area one might notice all of the political signs "magically" popping up all over. Of course there is nothing magical about it. Residents tune in to their favorite TV show or listen to the radio when all of a sudden their jams give way to "I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message" or I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message."
Coming from a family with many political points of view, I know a whole lot more about this subject than many other twelve year-olds do. My paternal grandmother is a devout Democrat who despises anyone who even mentions the word "Republican." On the other side of the family, my uncle in California is pulling for Romney because he believes that he will be a better friend to Israel.
So I bet you're wondering when I would explain what the title means. Well, you might laugh at this one. Even though I'm 5'7'', I thought the title would stick. I asked myself why any normal kid would find politics today even remotely interesting? The answer is that no normal kid would find politics today interesting. (Even I get bored of the subject at times especially when I could be watching the World Series). But that's what's all over the news today and kids simply don't have a connection with that. The first (and biggest reason) is that the candidates yap on and on about healthcare, jobs, and government debt. That’s really not interesting to a 12 year old. Another reason is that the candidates trash talk each other instead of saying good things about themselves. Aren’t they supposed to act like role models? If I acted like that in school, I would be suspended for bullying. The candidates severely bully each other, Yet we’re going to elect one to the nation’s highest office. To me that is very sad.
A good newspaper would have something that appeals to EVERYONE not just to those who can vote. That's why I wrote this in the first place. We need stories for the kids, of the kids, and by the kids.We need something that chronicles happenings around town that would appeal to kids too. Just keep in mind, with the right amount of encouragement, good role models, and the great American spirit, the kid down the street could become President one day.
I’m Jacob Berman and I approve this message.
54 Longview RD
Parker Middle School 7th grade