Political Education

Votes at 16 are on the horizon, with thanks to this proposed bill. Obviously, our youngest generation must be educated to ensure that votes are used sensibly, and that they are valid and valuable. Isn’t it astonishing how many adults make uninformed choices during elections? This is due to lack of education. Educate our young people on how to vote, where to vote, how to register, who to support... I wonder how many 16/17 year olds have seen a ballot paper? Or, a ballot box? Or, a polling station, an AM, an MP, a reason to back a political party? With this being said, teachers will feel pressure, trying to avoid accusations of political bias. Although, surely there are ways around this: nationwide resources, online resources - impartial posters/videos/PowerPoints etc that are available to every school to use. Young people need to learn about the Conservatives and their policies, and about Labours and Plaid Cymru’s and the manifestos of every political party therefore resources need to be produced which explain these things impartially.

Why the contribution is important

If we do not develop framework for Political Education before allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote, we will have uninformed young people voting for the sake of voting, being influenced by parents, and being influenced by the media.

by MaisyEvans on March 21, 2019 at 04:20PM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ March 22, 2019 at 11:29

    Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts with us @MaisyEvans - do you have any views on how young people who do not receive their education in a traditional school setting (for example, if they're home schooled or part of the Pupil Referral Unit)could be taught about politics and citizenship?

  • Posted by SHoosein March 30, 2019 at 16:24

    Here, here. Exactly as I would have put it.
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