Middle School Students React to Government Shutdown

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Have you talked to your kids about the government shutdown?

Some parents may think their kids will not understand it, but they may know more than you think.

Seventh graders at a school in Rockingham County are very curious about the topic, and they have even seen an impact in the classroom.

Student Dylan McPhe learns how the government works through the news.

"It's a little bit scary that the government can shut down over an argument like that and if it was any bigger maybe more could happen," said McPhe.

He also said this argument has taken a toll on federal workers.

"There are millions of people that work for programs like that and since the government shut down they are not getting paid," said McPhe.

He is also participating in the stock market game, a program that allows students to learn about how to buy and sell stocks in real time.

"I didn't really expect the stock market to go down too much, but it turns out there was a pretty big dent in the prices when the government crashed," said McPhe.

His Civics and Economics teacher, Gloria Miller, said her students are noticing the effects of the shutdown.

"They are seeing it does have an impact in the economy," said Miller.

Miller also said students are asking how we got here.

"Some of them see it as totally political, some of them see it as a money thing and many of them don't totally understand," said Miller.

But she said even if they don't, it's still important to talk about it.

"I think it's very important because it's every day. It has an impact on us. I think it's a reality," said Miller.

A reality that McPhe hopes doesn't last long.

"It makes me feel a little nervous," said McPhe.

Miller said she is surprised about how informed kids are about the topic and that the shutdown will also make students understand some upcoming lessons more.

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