The next generation of American taxpayers … errr, dependents … want four more years of Barack Obama in the White House.

According to a Scholastic Student Vote survey of nearly a quarter of a million students under the age of 18, the incumbent drew 51 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for “Republican” nominee Mitt Romney.  Four percent chose another candidate – with more than a few “my dad” or “my mom” responses included.

Hmmmm … we honestly don’t know what’s more depressing here: That 51 percent of students chose Obama or that 45 percent picked Romney.  Either way, it sure looks as though our country’s dumbed-down education system is working like a charm.

Which reminds us … have either of these major party candidates so much as mentioned the education issue during this race?  Obviously we’re kidding (we know they have) but with the economy – and to some extent foreign policy – dominating the national discussion, the issue has been largely ignored.

That’s too bad … because free market reforms in our academic marketplace are every bit (if not more) critical than free market reforms in the broader economy.

Anyway, the Scholastic Student Vote has been conducted in each presidential election since 1940 – and has accurately predicted the winner in all but two of those eighteen elections.  The exceptions?  Kid “voters” picked Thomas Dewey over Harry S. Truman and Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy.

Romney and Obama will square off on Monday night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida – the third and final debate of the election cycle.  As we did during the previous two presidential debates (see here and here), FITSNews will be live-blogging the proceedings.