SCBA: Voting is Now Open!

Women_voter_outreach_1935_English_Yiddish, Wikimedia.com

Are you ready to vote? That’s great! If you have registered, then your voting link is waiting for you on your new user profile. Erm, user profile? Say what now? It’s OK - no need for panic. Just follow these easy steps to access it.  

You’re not ready to vote? Don’t worry; the voting deadline is Friday 6 February.

How will you collate the SCBA votes in your classrooms and libraries this year?

 

Last year we suggested five fun activity ideas to consider when conducting the voting process. As you can tell, we like to encourage you to make a bit of a hoo-hah around the SCBA voting process.

Why? Because it’s a great way to complete your SCBA marathon and to add some fun-filled additional learning into the classroom. This year, we have compiled a list of five learning topics all geared around the subject of voting.

We know teachers and librarians are a busy bunch and these tips do not have to be used as extensive learning. They’re just a bit of fun and research for a Friday afternoon pre-vote task.

1.    Democracy

One of the key incentives to take part in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards is that it is a fun opportunity to teach children about democracy, the imporantce of every child’s voice and how each vote counts but what is "democracy"?  The system we know today is ‘representative democracy’, where we vote for politicians to take our decisions for us and voice our opinions in parliament but the term itself refers to a rather large concept. Have your pupils investigate this. They can study the origins and birth of democracy by looking at the Ancient Grecian voting process, or the Scottish and modern democracy and systems that are used worldwide, such as American democracy.

 

2.    A Voting Timeline

From their research they can create a voting timeline like this brief history of voting from Young Scot. Research and map out key dates, significant elections, voting strategies and discuss them in class.

 

3.    Closer to Home:   

I don’t know if you noticed but something big shook up the voting electorate in Scotland in September, 2014.  The turnout for the Scottish Referendum was 84.6%, the highest recorded for an election or referendum since the introduction of universal suffrage!

This modern voting process is a great case to study in class if you’ve not already done so. You could discuss the importance of the modern vote in Scotland by introducing the concepts of political engagement, political apathy, how a ballot system works, political PR and terms such as spin, grassroots, media and national voice. Oh and hey, what about the reduction of the voting age to 16? That’s a big enough topic in itself. Here's a handy little note of political terms explained

 

Annie_Kenney_and_Christabel_Pankhurst, wikimedia.org

4.    The Suffragette Movement:

Suffragette: Noun, historical. A woman seeking the right to vote through organised protest.

The move for women to have the vote really started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women's Suffrage. Have your pupils research the life of a suffragette such as Christabel or Emmeline Pankhurst and discuss how times have changed!

 

5. Debate

Debates are pointless, non-sensical ramblings. Well actually, they're not at all - but argue that point with enough skill, conviction, articulation and rhetroric and you could pursuade someone to believe you. Although debating in various forms has a long history, and can be traced back to the philosophical debates of Ancient Greece, modern forms of debating and the establishment of debating societies occurred during the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century. Debating teams are often helpful to high school students in teaching the writing process, as well as in teaching rhetoric. Students can study the concept, history and terminology of debates before conducting their vote. Why not form teams to persuade an audience as to which shortlisted book should win in that category?  

 

Enjoy your voting process and remember:

Think not what the Scottish Children's Book Awards can do for you but what you can do for the Scottish Children's Book Awards.

Vote.