I met someone who is my age today (which has become rather rare since I left high school), who went to school with me years ago. I didn't recognize him, but, for some reason, he knew me immediately and remembered a remarkable number of details about my family, pets and life in general. He began a conversation, and I learned something thought-provoking: when we knew each other, years ago, this kid used to have political debates with my grandmother, saying, "She was strongly conservative, but my parents were liberal, and I was told that I wasn't supposed to like conservative sorts of things." This made me think a bit, reflecting on my past and pondering what seems to be normal. I've concluded that, as far as politics goes, most children of all ages tend to hold exactly the same views their parents do, believing and trusting what their family tells them. They might stay this way for their entire lives, or, when they grow up to an age where they can reasonably examine political issues on their own and think for themselves on these matters, they might decide that their parents were wrong. (Personally, I've been exposed to conservative viewpoints at home and liberal viewpoints at school, and after seeing both sides, chosen conservatism.) The fact still stands, though, that children go to school every day with their parents' political views in their minds, which they probably don't fully understand, and when they repeat these views to other children who are also influenced by their parents' politics, bullying can ensue. On both the left and the right, children are likely to pick on others who don't share their parents' opinions, and it is a shame that those who are ignorant of politics should have to suffer for views that may not even be their own, or make others suffer because of them. (My personal experience has been that liberal children will bully their conservative peers around election time. In 2008, a horde of fellow middle-schoolers screamed, "RACIST!" at me when I dared to say that my PARENTS were voting for McCain and not Obama... like the only reason that someone could dislike Obama is because of his skin color, which is stupid, but anyway... It seems like this will repeat itself in 2016, since many far-left parents are now teaching their children that all Trump voters are a bunch of bigots and meanies and that we should cry and whine and protest because our preferred candidate lost. Boy am I glad to be out of school so that I don't have to deal with these kids.)
So, how do you think that political issues should be explained to kids who are too young or not independently-thinking-enough (if that's a valid phrase) to understand for themselves?