Are you suffering from the ‘Who will win the presidential election syndrome’? Are you biting your nails, having restless nights, obsessively following the news, scrolling through your phone recklessly and arguing with people over the internet for not supporting your candidate? Well, look no further, we know who’s winning the elections this year! Yes, you read that right! We know whether your chosen candidate is winning this year or not!
How? Well, here’s how we found out the results beforehand!
Students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School have been casting their votes to determine the winner of the presidential election for the past 48 years and guess what? They haven’t been wrong even once! OH MY GOD, RIGHT?
The tradition has been taking place since 1968, when the school first opened. Who came up with the idea? Tom McAdams, who was a fifth-grade social studies teacher, started the political process which has been continuing till date.
Guess who these students picked as the winner this year? Hillary Clinton!
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This tradition began when the students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary picked Nixon as the future president back in 1968. According to the Principal Patricia Moore, “Every year since Nixon, we’ve correctly predicted [the outcome of the election] based on the popular vote,” she explained. “We do our own electoral votes based on enrollment in the classes.
For months the students had been learning about the candidates, for them as Candidate A and Candidate B. Students in this manner vote on the basis of issues at hand rather than personalities, popularity and rumors. Isn’t that something for the adults to learn from? “We talk about exact facts and issues and put them on two sides of a spreadsheet,” Patricia Moore said. “Then the students debate the facts in class.”