Why to Become a Politician

Introduction

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Becoming a politician is not usually top of the list when you ask schoolchildren what they would like to be when they grow up, but there are many people who decide to pursue a career in politics.

Being a politician comes with its downsides as you will be a public figure who is commonly scrutinised by both the public and the media, and in some cases, the hate they receive goes beyond what is acceptable. Given the negative points associated with becoming a politician, why do you think people choose to become politicians?

Vocabulary

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  • politics (noun)
  • politicians (noun)
  • run (verb)
  • scrutinise (verb)
  • hateful (adjective)
  • responsibility (noun)
  • public eye (noun)

The Question

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Why do you think people choose to become politicians?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Why to Become a Politician
  • Do you know anyone who is a politician?
  • What is your perception of politicians?
  • Why do you think some people hate politicians?
  • Do you think more should be done to encourage children to get into politics?
  • What are the good aspects of being a politician?

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