How might being "x" make someone a better leader?

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Age and wealth are big concepts in this election. At 78 in November, Joe Biden would be the oldest person to ever become US president. Donald Trump often talks about his wealth as a sign of success. Pick one or more of the questions below and give your answer in the comments.

  • How might being wealthy make someone a better leader?
  • How might being older make someone a better leader?
  • How might being younger make someone a better leader?

Challenge: How might any of these factors cause problems for a leader?

Remember to support your opinion with reasons and evidence, and try to reply to other people's comments too.

Comments (38)

  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    03 Sep 2020

    If someone is wealthy they COULD be a better leader by using their money for good purposes as they have that choice.
    But being rich can be a problem because when you get obsessed with money you might not focus on what's important to you. You also won't under how it is to be in a poor person's shoes if you were not once poor and the people who are could be even more poor by nobody solving the problem.

    Being older can make someone a better leader because they would have more experiences whether from other people's experiences (like if their friend died and it gave them knowledge) or their own like problems they faced by themselves.
    However if you are elderly you will have to work a lot harder, get fit, etc. because life is unexpected and you could 'get hurt at' any time.

    How might being younger make someone a better leader?
    Well since they are probably a few years (maybe 10) older since they were a child, they will remember what pressure schools, teachers, and kids go through and could help them. They could help people of their own who are younger too.
    A problem could be that they have less experience than those of which are elderly so they won't be able to solve some problems. A solution to this could be that they get help from their friends/supporters.

    I don't really understand all the matters concerning presidents so thank you for reading!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      spirited_insect's comment 04 Sep 2020

      You've creatively seen things from a range of angles here, spirited_insect and I also like how you've used the word could/can to show these aren't always the case. Leaders of countries can't use their personal wealth governing - they would use government money, so are there still benefits to being a wealthy leader of a country?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School easygoing_alligator | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 Sep 2020

    if you are you have probably learned more

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School easygoing_alligator | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 Sep 2020

    but if you are younger you probably know what people want 😎

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    05 Sep 2020

    Being wealthier than other people means a better chance of becoming American president because you have more power, so people would be more likely to get voted for because you are more powerful. The younger you are, usually the better because if you are getting old, you brain doesn't work as well, but a younger person would usually be a bit better at debating! Thank you!

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  • Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
    07 Sep 2020

    Being wealthier shouldn't matter but it strangely does.Being rich could mean that they could use money for good like spend it on charity,hospitals and research also many more. But people also get corrupt like spirited_insect said they could spend money lavishly and not care about the people. They could also bribe people by money to keep their records clean and give people more and more money to bribe them too vote for them as a leader. But instead they should've spend them on the needed like the poor, hospitallized, and needed but they don't so I don't really think the people.who do that are good leaders.

    Thanks for reading,
    Empathetic brain

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Sep 2020

    Wealth
    Being wealthy will help to become president because if you have a lot of money you can spend a lot of money on your campaign making it better than other people's.
    Older
    Being older will help to become president because people will think that they are older and they've lived in America for many years so they would have seen other presidents seeing what people like and disliked about those presidents. They may also come up with better ideas for America.
    Younger
    Being younger could help you become president because you are younger and you may look at things differently. You may also have a better chance because with people who are running are quite old so people may be thinking that they don't want an older president because if they suddenly become ill who's gonna rule they're country.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      loyal_cymbals's comment 07 Sep 2020

      Can someone just spend what they like on their campaign? Maybe you should ask one of our experts who run the Federal Election Commission who are in charge of everything to do with money and elections. Ask your question here: https://burnetnewsclub.com/issues/american-election-2020/the-discussion/ask-your-questions-experts/

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      1. Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 08 Sep 2020

        No because there is a limit of how much you can spend on your campaign I’m not sure what the limit is though

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  • Hammond School logo enterprising_night | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Sep 2020

    If a president was weathly he could and could not be a good president. If there was a huge problem about homeless people they probably won't sort it out because since they have a lot of money they don't know what's it's like and they may do the complete opposite of what the actual solution would be. But a 'good' President would do is to get the public, who are in that situation, to see what they can do about it and help fix that problem or at least help it.

    How being older would be a good or bad President if they were older they would have more experience and would have been through some hard times and they must have come this far by listening to other people's opinions and they must have an opinion of their own that they might want to change and I can't think if a reason why it's bad to be an older president! By the way I can't reply to comments I don't know why.

    enterprising_night

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  • Hammond School logo committed_banjo | Hammond Junior School B
    08 Sep 2020

    Being older means that they would have been wiser and would know what the public would want, the bad way is that it would not be as long until another vote as if they were young

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    1. m3.jpg EXPERT: Kay Salatandre Manager @ KPMG
      committed_banjo's comment 11 Sep 2020

      Hello committed_banjo. Your assertion is valuable. It looks like wisdom is associated with age. Can you name wise leaders at their prime age?

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  • Hammond School logo committed_banjo | Hammond Junior School B
    08 Sep 2020

    If they were young it would be a lot longer unless they did not want to be president for long...

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      committed_banjo's comment 08 Sep 2020

      Are there any restrictions on how many years a person can do the job of president for?

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    08 Sep 2020

    How might being wealthy make someone a better leader?

    Being wealthy gives an advantage for you to receive the public's support. You can't buy happiness, but with more money it would encourage the citizens involuntarily, giving them the impression that they have the power. With more money, people could receive more support (or think they could), and are likely to vote for the wealthiest president.
    However, the disadvantages of being wealthy could include being reckless with money, in which case could result in fighting and arguments, not to mention shortages. Another disadvantage would be that you get addicted, and are obsessed with your money, more than you care about your own people.


    How might being older make someone a better leader?

    Being older is both a positive and a negative if used in political cases. If you are older, you hopefully would have more experience, and could solve problems by using similar accounts in the past for the current case. An older person could be much more insightful to everything but the age, but all the same! The negatives for being older would be that you could be too old to run the country, or that you could need more mental health service and more (slightly) vulnerable to diseases such as Covid-19.


    How might being younger make someone a better leader?

    Being younger would be good for economics, as it would include your mental and physical health. They would be the most closer to remember about what life as a child was like, and could pass a few decrees benefiting society from that time. However, being young results in minor experience, and for the older citizens as well. There were a few of the young presidents that were very good for the job, such as President Kennedy, who was unfortunately assassinated.

    I know that the maximum amount of time as president is two quadrennial votes, but with exceeding support from the world, two more years could be gained, resulting as the maximum ten. This law has been broken by a certain president (I've forgotten his name), but 10 years is the lawful maximum of presidency.
    Each candidate has an equal but huge amount of the government's funding for their campaign. They can spent a certain amount of money for leaflets and posters, allowing them to vote for one or the other. Apparently, this rule has been broken.

    Thank you for reading my comment!

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 09 Sep 2020

      Wow reflective_arctic_fox, a lot of thinking went into your comment and I'm giving you a star for considering both sides to each argument and for using examples to back these up. You said "people are likely to vote for the wealthiest president" - so has the person with the most money always won the election?

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    2. Hammond School logo generous_fish | Hammond Junior School B
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 09 Sep 2020

      wow reflective_artic_fox that's a amazing pease of work.🐾🦊

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    09 Sep 2020

    No, but the chances are high. I am not altogether sure that all of the elections pick the wealthiest candidate, but I think that it is most likely that a few of them were not. However, since the public usually could want the richest person to win as they would receive a more lavish environment, it is probable that they would pick the most richest, in my opinion. (unless the latter would be one of high prejudice to them). In this case, Donald Trump has been known to break at least 1 law, but he is more wealthier than Joe Biden. Trump could be prejudice to his public, but I don't know if he is. This election is quite fair on both sides as both have advantages and disadvantages.
    I hope this responds correctly to your question! :D

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 09 Sep 2020

      Thanks for having a think, reflective_arctic_fox! Be careful when you say the public "want the richest person to win as they would receive a more lavish environment" as this is not true. The public do not get more money if they choose a richer president because the money is the president's personal money.

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    09 Sep 2020

    How could being younger make someone a better president?

    If you want to become president, you need the power and the wealth to do the job, but how could being younger make someone a better president? Well, everybody wants someone that would be good at doing the job, and they would also want someone that is the right age. I mean, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both very important men, but they are also quite old. The Polling business has been investigating people's views about younger and older candidates since 1939, when a person asked people about the youngest age at which a man or woman should become president. I think a younger president would be better because they would be able to think more logically and sensibly, whilst an older president would probably not have the strength to do that. Also, they would have to debate well and discuss ideas quickly and effiecently, whilst in my opinion, I don't think they would be able to do that very well either.

    Thank you for reading my comment!
    protective_dusk

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      protective_dusk's comment 10 Sep 2020

      Why do you think an older president wouldn't have the strength to think logically and sensibly? What's your evidence for this? And what would the argument be against this?

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    11 Sep 2020

    Do you think it is fair that some people get more election votes? I do not think it is very fair because if you think about Hillitary Clinton and Donald Trump, Hillitary Clinton won on votes, but Donald Trump actually won the election. That is why Donald Trump is president at the moment, and not Clinton. There are 50 states in America, Florida, California and Canaricut are just a few of them, and they each have a certain amount of election votes. That is why president Donald Trump won the 2016 election, not because he won the votes, he won the election votes. If I voted for the loosing state, and they took away all of our votes, I would be frustrated because you voted for them, and the last thing you want is the vote to go to the president, you do not want it to go to. Thank you for reading my comment! protective_dusk

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      protective_dusk's comment 11 Sep 2020

      Bear in mind that Canaricut is a fictional state we invented for an activity!

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    11 Sep 2020

    Hi, I am protective_dusk, and I am picking the question, how do you think a weathlier president would make a better president. I think a weathlier president would make a better president because if you have a lot of money, people would want to pick you because they might think you could spend it on things to make America great again, and you would be more heavily guarded. But I also think a weathlier president would make a worse president because wealth isn't the main thing to,life, and you would be more of a target to intruders because you have more money.

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  • Hammond School logo steady_chameleon | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Sep 2020

    I think that being wealthy is not needed to be president but I would come in hand when you need to do big investments like trumps wall or education but the older you are the wiser you are and you will make smarter decisions with your money so the older and richer you are can help your future choises

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_literature | Michael Faraday School
    15 Sep 2020

    1. I don't think you need to be wealthy to be president but if you want to be president you need to get a lot of votes but they won't just vote for you so you need to convince them to vote for you by putting posters telling them changes that might happen for example lower prices on electronics and you need to make sure you say that you will give freedom to everyone and make this country the best it can be

    2. I think being older might make them a better leader since they have more experience because they can handle more stuff If a kid was a leader and there was a bomb for example the kid would go crazy and not be clam but the adult will be cool and send people to investigate it

    3. I think a younger person would not be the best because as I told you they won't really know how to handle a big situation and they will not know what to do

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  • Cheam Fields logo humble_sea | Cheam Fields Primary Academy
    25 Sep 2020

    I think being older will make you a better leader because you more experience and you would understand more.

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  • Cheam Fields logo educated_moon | Cheam Fields Primary Academy
    25 Sep 2020

    1. I don't think you need to be wealthy to be a president because people are not voting on how much money you have, they are voting on how good u will be at running the country.

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  • Cheam Fields logo reflective_forest | Cheam Fields Primary Academy
    25 Sep 2020

    You don't have to be wealthy to be a good president but it's better if you are because you can make more campaigns as cost quite a lot

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  • Cheam Fields logo frank_maths | Cheam Fields Primary Academy
    25 Sep 2020

    Being wealthy might make someone a better leader as they can then spend more money on their campaign and therefore making their's better then everyone else's. Also, being wealthy can be better as you can spend money on others, making your country better.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        humble_sea's comment 25 Sep 2020

        Can you tell us why you agree, humble_sea? It's important to give reasons when sharing our opinion!

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  • Hammond School logo attentive_donkey | Hammond Junior School E
    01 Oct 2020

    Being wealthy would be better. This means that they would have more money to spend on the campaign so that gives them a better chance of winning and becoming president.

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  • Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Oct 2020

    Being wealthier would be better because you could spend more of your wealth on campaigning to be a little more sure that you will be the President. Being older- you know more about finance and know how to do things. Being younger - you have more imagination to think about the campaign and might do something right. We all make mistakes sometimes so we can forget how some people have made those mistakes.

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    28 Oct 2020

    1. How might being wealthy make someone a better leader?
    Being wealthy may make someone a better leader because if they are wise, they will use it to the benefit of all people, not just a few. I think that people tend to listen to people with more money because they have more power than others, with money being one of those things in life that is either good or bad, depending on how or what you do with it. If you spend your wealth on good things, I think you will be respected more as a leader. On the other hand, some people can get too carried away when they are spending money, so they might get irresponsible and spend it on some things the people don't need. In addition, money can make someone more like a dictator as they think that they have ALL the power, so tell everyone what to do.

    2. How might being older make someone a better leader?
    Being older might make someone a better leader because they have had longer living on this earth, which makes them more experience than other people. They may have experience some things that younger people may have not. An example is that older people may have gone through hard times, so may be more passionate in helping people not experience what they did. One disadvantage is that they may not know how to deal with current crises - such as the coronavirus.

    3.How might being younger make someone a better leader?
    I think that being younger might make someone a better leader because they have a completely different mind than older people. They are able to think differently and are more creative when it comes to modern affairs. For example, an older person may still be used to people being in separate groups depending on their class, race, gender, and disabilities. Young people, on the other hand, are more likely to fight for their freedom, and a young leader will influence this. This is because this is happening ever since they were born and they want it to stop now. Furthermore, they will know what to do in the future, as they are all experiencing crises very early on in life, so they want to make sure that rules change in order to make life better for future generations. They know that it is only a matter of time before their voices are heard, and when they do, lots of people around the world will help to make not just their country, but the world, a better place. One thing that may disadvantage them from older people is that they may not know how to deal with certain things, as older people have experienced more mistakes in the past than younger people, so they learn lessons from this. Subsequently, they may not make the right decisions.
    Thanks for reading,
    eager_reflection

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      eager_reflection's comment 29 Oct 2020

      This shows excellent evaluation and a really open mind - both good examples of the listening skill. Well done for answering so thoughtfully.

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