Teenagers and politics

June 23, 2016
Hi guys, it's Lauryn! I'm back today with a post that I'm not going to lie to you, has taken forever to write so I really hope that you enjoy it! I'm going to talk about why some teenagers just aren't interested in politics...

*I am not stereotyping any group of people within society, I am fully aware that some teenagers love politics* 

So, imagine if you were really interested in something and then someone told you that you weren't allowed to be for whatever reason, that's what it's like to be under 18 and interested in politics because as soon as you try and explain an opinion you have on a certain topic, it is probable that you will get someone older than you telling you that your opinion does not matter.

Also, politics isn't taught in the national curriculum and therefore, students are only given an insight to it, unless they do their own research, when they get to A level and they decide to do it as a subject. However, not everyone is going to want to do politics at A level/it isn't offered at all schools and colleges so the majority of 16-17 year olds are still left feeling bewildered at the thought of anything politics based.

People could argue, so why don't they do their own research? Well, do you really expect people to be interested when they are told that their opinions do not matter? Also, when the parents are not interested in politics and world news whatsoever, it is evident that this way of thinking is likely to be transmitted down to their children which creates somewhat of a cycle of not caring as these norms within the family continue to be passed on through socialisation of future children.

Moving on to the EU referendum, which you have to be 18 to vote in. I think that this is absolutely ridiculous because it is this generation of people that will be affected the most by this change so surely we should have a say in what happens? Obviously not. Older people do not believe that teenagers can be trusted with such a large decision however I would say that people in this generation are some of the most open minded in the population as a whole as for the most part, I've seen people be a lot more accepting towards some areas than people were in the past and therefore, I believe that we are stereotyped as being an "uncaring" population but this is most definitely not the case.

Also, when people reach 18, they are suddenly given so much more access to certain areas of the world which evidently comes with so much more responsibility; one of these being that they are finally able to vote. However, for the past 18 years of their lives, they have been told that their opinion doesn't matter and it won't count and now they are suddenly thrown in the deep end and expected to make a decision such as this. I fully believe that if you are able to vote, then you should because so many people suffered in order to give us this vote and also, do you not want a say in what happens in your own country? Although, I can perhaps see why people are reluctant, to an extent, due to the fact that maybe they do not feel comfortable enough with their political knowledge as they have been brainwashed during their younger years into thinking that what they think is simply not important as they do not have a say. This is why I think that politics should be more accessible within secondary schooling so that when people are able to vote, they do not feel put off.

To end this post, I just want to say that if you haven't voted yet in the EU referendum and you're able to, please do! If you're not sure what to vote, vote remain because then we have the option to change in the future but it will be a lot harder to do so if the majority vote is leave.

Anyway, thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing! What do you think about the lack of political education within schooling?

See you next time,

Lauryn

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