Many children have been learning about and engaged with this election. This is sure to have an affect on our children's sense of civic responsibility to vote and care about our democracy as they grow up.
Although I wasn't that much older than most of the students in the room, I found myself amazed by their liveliness and curiosity. Their questions were pointed and drenched with concern. They earnestly welcomed the opportunity to put us on the spot.
We're able to combine forces to encourage many young Americans to vote in what is probably the most important presidential election of our generation. This is our lunch-counter moment for the 21st century.
The American poet James Russell Lowell wrote in a letter in 1876: "Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?"