Iowa Caucus 101 for Students

Teachers Get Kids Ready in Advance of 2016

DES MOINES -- There's a whole new way to look at the Iowa caucuses.  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate unveiled a high school curriculum to teach kids about Iowa's caucuses.

Iowa teachers met Tuesday to learn the course themselves.  The class is aimed at involving students, parents, and the community in the political process.  "We came at it not from a national standpoint, but from an Iowa standpoint. We tried to make it real for kids so that way they become less intimidated when they go to caucus," said Pate.  "Anyone can go online and pull up the pieces and learn just as much as what a caucus is."

The course was written by Iowa teachers.  They can start using the course whenever they like.  This Caucus 101 class is different than the one Iowa State University has put together.  Right now the university is offering three different class sessions.  The next one starts October 13.


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