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Teen Talk

November 3, 2012

On the Go:Teens need to know about current events

It’s all over Facebook, the television, the radio, even pop-up Pandora adds. We know their faces, religion, ages, and wives’ names. They lie to the public often.

Who? You might have already guessed the presidential candidates.

Gasp. A teenager knows the phrase, “presidential candidate.” This is a revolutionary concept.

Actually, it isn’t.

Most adults just don’t realize that teenagers do, occasionally, pay attention.

Just like adults, however, not every teen is informed, but, almost all teens have opinions. People tend to forget is the fact that politics affect children more than any other demographic in this country.

At school I have a study hall first thing in the morning. Occasionally a few kids bring up the election and they discuss their views aloud. One day our teacher mentioned how surprised he was to find informed and concerned teenagers supporting very valid arguments. I didn’t know whether to like that he valued their opinions enough to comment or to be miffed that he was shocked. I decided on both.

There is, however, a root truth in every stereotype. Teens have a responsibility to themselves and their peers to show adults that they possess good and capable working brains.

This study hall teacher, who mainly teaches science, has been the only one of my teachers to more than mention the upcoming elections. One teacher, in a class where the election and government would be a very appropriate topic, whisked  student interest under the rug.

I believe she did this to avoid conflict. This is the same reason children and young adults are startlingly ignorant about the recent past. This same teacher has been listing the debate days and times on the board. As I write this, I’m interested to see if she’ll include any independent debates such as Free and Equal’s third-party debate on Oct. 28.

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