Votes for 16s

Lowering the voting age would ensure that young people get a say in their future. Although I strongly believe that doing so  would be beneficial, schools would have to teach non-biased politics so that young people can make a choice and consider all outcomes. 

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It is important because young people will have to live with the decisions being made currently. 

by manonclarke on April 01, 2019 at 05:31PM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ April 03, 2019 at 12:56

    Hi @manonclarke - thanks very much for sharing your views with us! What do you think would be the best way to go about teaching non-biased politics in schools?

    Also, do you have a view on how politics and citizenship education could be taught to those who do not receive their education in a traditional school setting (so if for example, they are part of a Pupil Referral Unit - a type of school that caters for young people who aren't able to attend a mainstream school - or someone who is home schooled?)
  • Posted by manonclarke April 30, 2019 at 17:19

    I understand that teaching non-biased politics would prove to be a challenge, as not all lessons can be monitored. However, if a series of power points and posters (explaining manifestos of certain parties, the basics of ‘left-wing, right-wing’) were created, then teachers would already have a plan for the lesson, avoiding the chances of biased politics. In terms of children who are not educated in a ‘mainstream’ way, it’s even harder to monitor. Of course, we cannot teach every child who is home-schooled about politics (and I understand that this idea is unlikely), but channels such as CBBC could give a brief, basic idea to children about politics on ‘Newsround’. Or, if a child didn’t have access to a TV, then posters could be installed on public travel (such as Cardiff Bus?) giving the simplest explanation to; who the prime minister is, what a general election is, and so on. I’m aware that these actions are small and slow, but it would at least be a start to teaching politics.
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