What matters to kids and teens when it comes to the future of the United States? 

Candidates are talking about the issues they think that people want to hear about. But what about what matters to kids and teens?

We asked: kids and teens when it comes to issues facing the United States, what do you feel is most important? And what kind of person do you think should be president?

Weekly Reader surveyed more than 2,000 students in grades 3 to 12 to see what matters to kids and teens.

The students shared their thoughts about the challenges that our nation faces and the upcoming, or nearing, 2012 presidential election.

what matters to kids and teens

At the same time, IBOPE Zogby, a national polling organization, asked adults the same questions. In some cases, kids and adults agreed. For example, kids and adults agreed that the economy and jobs were the most important issues facing our country right now.

In other cases, what matters to kids and teens is a bit different from adults. 

Kids want a president who is honest. Adults are more likely to prefer a president who, above all, is as intelligent as he or she is honest. And, in general, kids feel much more hopeful about the country’s future than their parents do.

That’s how democracy works. Everyone has different ideas, and everyone does their part to make things better. In the upcoming presidential election in 2012, people will cast their vote for the candidate they think will make things better.

“Polling both adults and school kids and comparing results gives us valuable insight,” said Kjell de Orr, Chief Executive Officer of IBOPE Zogby International.  “As in this case, I often find the student responses to be both pure and thoughtful, and it indicates our future is in good hands with these bright young people.”

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Pat WymanPat Wyman is the best selling author of  Instant Learning for Amazing GradesLearning vs. Testing, CEO and founder of HowToLearn.com . and the creator of the Personal Learning Styles Inventory.

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