New York Post School chancellor afraid mock elections would cause bullying by Michael Gartland
March 17, 2016 | 12:49am
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday she is concerned that holding mock presidential elections in schools could lead to the type of bullying common in the real race for the White House.
“My concern about mock elections this year goes back to bullying,” she testified at a City Council hearing. “What I don’t want to see is kids using . . . what they hear at home against each other, and that’s the bottom line.”
Fariña was responding to a statement from Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) about launching a mock-election pilot program.
“If children voted every single year from when they started in [pre-K] all the way to when they graduate, it would be a habit,” he said.