The Civic Lesson of a Lifetime

Kevin Jackson, moderator of GCA's mock election, served as poll monitor during Tuesday's election.

Kevin Jackson, moderator of GCA's mock election, served as poll monitor during Tuesday's election.

For Kevin Jackson, history is about telling stories, and there is no more exciting story than the American Experiment. This week, students are invited to "step inside the story" of America's democratic process through a mock election. Mr. Jackson, who teaches Government, US History and Economics, explained the intention behind creating the mock election project: "The mock election was designed as a practice round for the real thing.  The students got to experience waiting in line, checking in with a registrar to make sure they were allowed to vote, etc.  They also experienced some of the struggles and inefficiency involved with using technology to vote."

For many, the election process was the fruit of weeks of study. "In my class, we examined the issues from a Biblical perspective first and I had the students make decisions based upon what they believed was true and right," Mr. Jackson explains. "Only then did we look at the candidates." As students wrestled with the issues and researched their positions, the results were unexpected. "I found that many students were surprised that they agreed more with the other side than they thought they would! My goal in the whole process was that the students would apply time and energy and thought to their choices and that they would seek truth first and then vote based on that, as opposed to the other way around." For students sporting "I Voted!" stickers proudly on their chests, the lessons learned will last a lifetime.

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After casting their votes, a few students shared their thoughts on the current election cycle and what this experience has taught them.

"My advice to others is to do your own research. Don't let media or other people influence your decision." Jeremy Miller - 12th grade

"My advice to others is to do your own research. Don't let media or other people influence your decision." Jeremy Miller - 12th grade

"Whatever God's plan is, our country can fight through any obstacle." Ruth Honaker - 6th grade

"Whatever God's plan is, our country can fight through any obstacle." Ruth Honaker - 6th grade

"The lack of civility in today's politics is disturbing and shows how our country has declined in recent times." Corinne Herndon - 12th grade

"The lack of civility in today's politics is disturbing and shows how our country has declined in recent times." Corinne Herndon - 12th grade

"My faith informs my voting in that I am pro-life. Your chance to life shouldn't be decided by someone else." Daniel Witte - 12th grade

"My faith informs my voting in that I am pro-life. Your chance to life shouldn't be decided by someone else." Daniel Witte - 12th grade