KIDS SAY WAR IN IRAQ MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


Students Can Now Vote on Latest Scholastic News Online Poll: Who Will Win the Iowa Caucuses?

New York, NY (December 10, 2007) -- Kids said that the war in Iraq is the most important issue of the upcoming presidential election, according to a recent poll by Scholastic News Online, America’s leading news source for kids.  Over 1,500 students took part in this poll at www.scholastic.com/election2008, Scholastic News’ site which complements the robust in-print election coverage in classroom magazines Scholastic News® (for students in grades 1-6) and Junior Scholastic® (grades 6-8). 
 
The war in Iraq is the number one election issue to students who voted in the poll (39.3%), followed by global warming (22.6%).  Health care was third with 11.1% of the vote.  Here are the complete results to the question “What do you think is the most important issue of the upcoming election?”
 
1. War in Iraq (39.3%)
2. Global Warming (22.6%)
3. Health Care (11.1%)
4. Terrorism (9.1%)
5. Education (8.1%)
6. Immigration (5.5%)
7. Other (4.3%)
 
“These results could be an indication of how students’ awareness of the war has grown.  In previous polls students have named the environment and global warming as their top concerns,” said Rebecca Bondor, Editor in Chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.  “Our online polls give students a chance to express what’s on their minds, while our news magazines and web sites provide students with information and activities that help them become knowledgeable citizens.”
 
The latest online kids’ poll is the first in a series of mock caucus and primary polls.  Iowans will caucus on January 3, while voters in New Hampshire will head to the polls in the nation’s first primary on January 8.  Prior to each election, students can learn about the candidates in Scholastic News or Scholastic News Online and vote for the candidate of their choice.  The online polls will close three days before the actual election in each state.  The kids’ caucus and primary polls will available at Scholastic News’ election site: www.scholastic.com/election2008
 
The kids’ polls— both online and in Scholastic Classroom Magazines— and will culminate in the Scholastic Election Poll, an opportunity for students to cast their vote for President of the United States.  Since 1940, the outcome of the Scholastic Election Poll mirrored the outcome of the general election, in every election but two (in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy). 
 
The Scholastic News Online poll is not based on a scientifically designed sample of the student population.  These polls are designed as an educational activity to encourage student thought and debate, and to give students an opportunity to express their opinions. The respondents are self-selected, based on teachers who want their classes to participate and students who want to participate individually.
 
Additional election coverage at Scholastic News Online and in Scholastic’s classroom magazines includes:
 
▪ Ongoing Election News – Scholastic News Online features reporting from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, a diverse group of students ages 10-14, who are covering the election from their hometowns across the country.  Throughout the year, the Scholastic kid reporters are interviewing the candidates and covering the debates, primaries, conventions, Election Day and the inauguration of the President.

▪ How We Elect the President – From what it takes to vote to how the electoral college works, students learn the ins and outs of a presidential election.

▪ Election Games and Quizzes – Kids can see what it might be like to be president in the online game “If You Were President,” or take quizzes to test their election knowledge.

▪ Teaching About Election 2008 – Lesson plans and materials that teachers need to make Election 2008 teachable, relevant, and exciting to their students, designed to complement presidential election coverage for Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic magazines and Scholastic News Online.
 
About Scholastic Classroom Magazines
Scholastic is the largest publisher of educational magazines, with 33 publications for grades PreK-12, reaching over 25 million students and teachers across the country.  Teachers rely on these publications to enhance instruction in such subjects as science, reading and language arts, math, social studies, current events, history, geography, world languages and art.  Scholastic News Online (www.scholastic.com/news), the magazines’ online companion, gives teachers, students and parents an additional resource with which to learn about and discuss current events in the classroom and at home.
 
About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
 

Contacts:
Scholastic
Jennifer Boggs
212-343-6619
 
Scholastic
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