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Pushing politics on teens

By: Alex Estes [Co Yearbook editor]

As the month of November quickly closes in, presidential candidates grub and grab for more and more votes; and as far as voters go, the younger the better. More often than not, presidential candidates try to communicate with younger people, because, face it; younger people are easier to persuade than older ones. Older people already have their minds made up and are harder to swing. The candidates are going so young, that people who represent their parties are beginning to invade high schools to preach their opinions to students. It’s inevitable for a student to hear about the presidential campaigns, but it does not need to be forced on them, in fact it shouldn’t be.

The campaigns have been going on for over two years now, and basically everyone is sick of hearing news from both parties. The presidential candidates should not push their views and opinions on high school kids because most of them aren’t even old enough to vote anyway. It causes them to feel stressed out about their future, and they have enough to be stressed about anyway.

Teachers also try to introduce politics into the classroom.  That is just not right on many levels. Often when a teacher discusses politics in class, the teacher is normally pushing their own opinion into the students’ head. Although politics can lead to an invigorating discussion, they can be very offensive to some people, and upset them.

Politics have even invaded the Internet. The candidates have had ads placed on Facebook and Youtube. These ads are invasive and annoying. No student likes trying to watch a video and being attacked by a hoard of presidential ads.

It may be good to get people interested in voting while young, but politics should stay out of school, regardless of the reason. Politics can bring offensive views and opinions to the table, and other students may not be mature enough to deal with conflicting opinions.

As presidential candidates scramble to scrap up the rest of the votes they need, they should think of how things affect the students. Most students can’t even vote so there is no reason to try to get them to vote for any party.

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