I remember when my children were in the third or fourth grade and the counselor for the after-school program pulled me aside to talk about my daughter’s behavior.
This shocked me because my daughter was always the most well-behaved student. Apparently, she was saying with great conviction that one of our nation’s political leaders was “stupid.” She was really passionate about the subject, and I am sure the counselor had no idea how to handle a young girl arguing politics. He was more accustomed to arguments over playground games and crayons than political debates among eleven-year olds.
I was also a little shocked because, while I have my political views, even at home I try to keep the conversation civil and respectful. I really hate when a political debate becomes centered on personalities and anger, instead of policy. So I asked my daughter about it and she was not very apologetic about her passion. She said, “Grandpa (my father) agrees with me!” She was right. When I confronted my father about my daughter’s passion he took her side, as she predicted he would. In fact, I think he was a bit proud of her. Read the rest of this entry »