A notable twist in this year's presidential politicking has been the zeal to round up school children for appearances with candidates in well-planned televised pitches for votes.

But schools should be cautious in the extent to which they allow students to be bused away for use in such productions.If a school allows the candidate of one party to attract a group of students out of school to some setting at which he or she wishes to make a campaign point, then might not the candidate of the other party demand equal treatment?

Thought should be given to the extent to which the students are being used merely as backdrop for calculated campaign salesmanship that is geared more to winning than enlightening.