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Teaching Politics

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Hutch News Project

Jan. 2012

BY: HENRY WEINER & KASADY SMITH 

With an upcoming presidential election, many high school seniors will be given the chance to vote.   

However, many feel they do not have the knowledge needed to meaningfully cast a ballot. 

“Very few students do pay attention. For the most part, people are too caught up in their own lives to care,” senior Caleb Watney, who will vote for the first time in November 2012, voiced in a class discussion.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a third of high school seniors lack knowledge of government workings. The National Millennium Report also states that government elections are not relevant to seniors.

Some students said they felt that the elections for a student council or class office position could be more beneficial to the student body if they represented the current civic system.

“If you learn about voting in school, then you know your place as a citizen in society when you leave school,” senior Taylor Fair stated. “You feel like you’re doing something if you know what you’re doing, rather than just going in there and marking a check box.”

Not only are elections different, but the democratic presence is also missing in the school. Since the students feel a true democratic process is missing in schools. This upsets some. 

“StuCo is supposed to represent the students,” senior Molly Foster said, “and because StuCo doesn’t really have a say, neither do the students.”

Taylor Fair agrees.

“I think that with more participation and a government-like campaign style, and more responsibilities for StuCo, people will know they have a voice,” Fair, a senior, said

However, there are solutions to the problem - power to the students and realistic elections.


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