Democracy Only Works With Education

Democracy Only Works With Education

What the people want can only be determined if the people are taught about all their options

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American politics have become a global phenomenon. It is the center of the news and at the forefront of so many decisions worldwide. The election of President Trump was a conflicting time for Americans, given the history of both presidential candidates at the time, and for many 18-year-olds, their first year attending university was not the only first they would tackle that year.

A freshman in college typically suggests that a student is around 18 years of age. What better gift could your country give you than to allow you to use your voice to choose a government that you believe to be the best leaders of the current climate?

Here's the problem – how are we supposed to vote when we are not mandated to take a single course in school regarding the political system? What are we meant to structure our thoughts from?

How can we fulfill our civic duty when we have had virtually no guidance or education on the foundational core of each political party?

One day, we wake up after eighteen years of first being brought into the world by our parents, to suddenly find that it is our right to use our voice to express an opinion which could dictate the futures of millions of Americans. And to top it all off, no one has prepared us for this moment.

Are we, as students, forced to follow in the footsteps of our parents and their beliefs? Or do we wait until we attend college and depending on where the school is situated, determine whether we identify as Democrat or Republican?

This is in no way a bash on teachers, as I know first-hand how tirelessly many teachers across the globe work in order to watch their students succeed. This is a battle with the government, and it is about time for them to realize that young people are the future of tomorrow – and they need to use their power to implement a program to teach our future leaders about the political system in a bipartisan way.

I do not affiliate with any party in the US – on the simple premise that I am not an American: I just live in this wonderful country. But I do care for it.

I want Americans to know their options. I would like nothing more than for young people to know what their options are and to be educated enough to make the right choice that makes the most sense to them instead of having to feel pressured into voting blind.

Attending a very liberal college myself, I have experienced how hard college students work to try to get other students involved and more excited for elections. However, on the other hand, it can often be rather overwhelming to immerse yourself into an environment where the views are so fixated, and one in which you lack the knowledge to make an informed decision.

It is imperative for young people to know what box they are ticking before they send it in the ballot and the repercussions of their decisions. Something worse than not knowing though is young people not using their voices to express their opinions because of the lack of education in the classroom.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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