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Midterm Elections in the Classroom: Local Issues and Longstanding Themes

How do you make the midterm elections come alive, especially for students who already feel disenfranchised? That was the challenge faced by Chelsea Ann Hittel, a social studies teacher at the Heather Ridge School, an alternative middle and high school in Frederick County, Md. Most of her students attend the school because they didn’t succeed in a regular high school curriculum; many are on individualized education programs. “The curriculum for government is very dry and unengaging, honestly. Kids come into government already hating it. They think it’s going to be boring,” Hittel said. “So instead of talking about tax policy and foreign policy, I decided, ‘Let’s get down to what really affects you and what you can really act on.’