The Agenda Game for Election Education
*I received The Agenda Game to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I don’t know about you, but this election got a lot of attention in our home. Having two teen sons in our house, this election brought a lot of questions. Every day they came home from school with questions like. “Mom, what’s ‘socialism’?” and, “Mom, could someone really ‘fix’ the election so that one or the other candidate would win?” When I was introduced to The Agenda Game, I knew that I had found an easy, and fun way to help them understand the political agenda.
Playing The Game
To play The Agenda Game, first everyone chose a political persona. Monkey Boy chose Moralist, and Daredevil chose Libertarian (because he wanted the coonskin hat token). There are also Environmentalist, Liberal, Socialist, Conservative, and Corporatist to choose from. Then, a banker, and a Secretary of State must be chosen. Everyone has to try to get as many votes as possible while playing their ‘agenda’. It’s a little complicated until you get the hang of it, but the boys caught on quick and before I knew it we were laughing and joking about the game. To win, a player has to enact 1, 3, 5, or 7 planks of an agenda. It was a really fun game!
The Agenda Game helps my boys understand the inner workings of elections, and how people affect the outcome. The Agenda Game was developed by a former teacher, which makes it such an asset to educating my boys on the whole election system. It’s kind of an election education in a box. Now my youngest wants to take it to school to see if his teachers will let them play it in class! I really think it could help more students to understand the whole process. Let’s face it, kids learn better if they are having fun!
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