Should kids really be able to have opinions on president or politics in general?

In my opinion people under the age of 18 should not have even an opinion on president... or actaully should not flaunt who they like more. it only causes trouble in schools. i know people who are closet republicans,and i know that, well people who don't like that look at people differently, and THAT IS ALMOST AS STUPID AS DISLIKING A PERSON FOR BEING ABLE TO FINISH EARLY ON AN ASSIGNMENT THAT WAS JUST TAUGHT TO THE WHOLE CLASS!

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bryan kennedy's picture

I actually think it is pretty important for people under 18 to be aware of an have opinions on political issues. Otherwise you'd be pretty ill prepared to participate in our democracy when you turned 18.

What kinda of problems do you think this creates in schools?

posted on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 11:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 5:19pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

According to USA Today, many high schools are using the current election as a springboard for lots of political discussion. Here are the details. The article contends that high school students today are more politically engaged than any other time in recent U.S. history.

posted on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 11:06am
shaunalynn10's picture

I’m 16 and i feel like I’m old enough to vote. I think kids my age are smart enough and know enough to understand and follow politics. Why shouldn't we have an opinion on president, we live in this country too and we are the future voters.

posted on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 4:05pm
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

I don't agree with you at all for 16 year old should be voting at all maybe they should go to the kids for vote and vote their. Their no point of changing the age of voting cause it make no differences because your only two years away from being able to vote. I mean we can have opinion on president who doesn't?

posted on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 2:41pm
shaunalynn10's picture

but thank you for your opinion but you should rethink it

posted on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 4:21pm
Jack's picture
Jack says:

My school's pretty politically diverse, and there are arguments heard in the hallways all the time. More than anything, I think this is annoying. Many of them don't know what they're talking about and say stupid stuff. I don't have a problem with kids having opinions, it's just that they need to think about them some more.

posted on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 4:49pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Unfortunately I don't think that is a problem related only to age. You can hear the same ill-informed conversations around an adult workplace. I'm a big advocate for dialog and even argument even if your ill-informed. Because, one of the main ways I've changed some of my dumbest ideas is by saying them out loud and having smarter people or sometimes just people with a different point of view call me out on them.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 9:25am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I'm 48 and, thinking back to high school, I'm pretty glad we couldn't vote. In fact, I'd be in favor of reconsidering the 26th Amendment...

I now teach at the university level, where a lot of professors are very open about their political beliefs--sometimes to the detriment of their students. There's an interesting documentary on this phenomenon titled Indoctrinate U. (My university is prominently featured.) There is also F.I.R.E., the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which supports students who feel they are being discriminated against for holding unpopular political views. (My position is that my beliefs are my business, and not germane to the course. But if a political discussion erupts, I try to make sure that both positions get a fair hearing.)

But more important than all of this is the question: how is this a science issue? Perhaps there are behavioral studies showing the effects of political discussions on students?

posted on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 8:06pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Ask and ye shall receive: a recent study shows that professors do influence their students' political beliefs.

posted on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 11:19am
lbad1101's picture
lbad1101 says:

I think they should because kids havwe been more involed in this election than any other so over the years we are only gonna get MORE involed. hopefully the people sitting on Captial Hill will see and give us the right the vote!!! OBAMA!!!!!

posted on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 11:16am
Brittany Nicole(:'s picture
Brittany Nicole(: says:

i think the reason obama is president is because of all the good things he is going to do for our country.

posted on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 2:04pm
Candace's picture
Candace says:

I don't think it really matters. Besides Its good to have an opinion. Look at the people who miss the deadline of 8 or 9 months, just because their bday isn't till the summer. don't you feel sorry for those ppl? Or even the people who miss it by a couple days...think about it.

posted on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 9:33pm
iowaboy's picture
iowaboy says:

reconsider the 26th amendment, based on what? because the 18-21 bracket doesn't vote much? i voted when i was 18, took a lot of pride in it, especially when i knew my parents had to wait until age 21. the voting age was lowered to 18 because of the sentiment that 'if you're old enough to fight, old enough to vote.'

i read one of ex-gov. jesse ventura's books where he spoke about the hypocrisy that his generation had to deal with. how he had a lot of rights as a navy seal in a foreign country, but he came back to america nd had NONE because he was under 21.

while it's fine to follow politics even before reaching voting age, as a way of being primed for it in advance, there should still be guidelines and rules to be followed when learning it in school. for one thing, STICK TO FACTS, NOT OPINION.
when i was in grade school we were asked to follow the results of the presidential election in the philippines between ferdinand marcos and corazon aquino. but we only discussed the facts, so it worked out fine.

but if it gets into things like people asking who they're voting for, that DOESN'T belong in school. or in church, or the workplace as well. because it's a personal preference on who you vote for.

i recently met somebody who said political discussions are banned in his workplace because he works at a government agency- a post office. i'm fine with that.

posted on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 12:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am 15. I think the way grown-ups vote are sometimes too money orriented. They look at things that are only for their own good and not whats right globaly or just as humans.

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 3:48am
iowaboy's picture
iowaboy says:

good or bad, many do vote with their wallets-literally as well as figuratively. special interest groups influence many things in government, lobbying to get laws passed that favor them.
the election winner is more often than not the one that raises and spends the most money on their campaign. and people vote for those who fight for their interests. this is why business owners tend to be republican-leaning, as republicans tend to vote their way. and it's also why labor union members tend to be democrat-leaning, as democrats tend to vote their way.
and why independent candidates rarely win elections, as too many people believe that voting for a 3rd party is throwing away a vote. though the only truly 'wasted' vote is the one that isn't cast at all.

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 2:14pm
the 15 yr old again's picture
the 15 yr old again says:

I think its bad. Or atleast, I'm having dificulties understanding that its good.
So maybe if we have younger peoples opinions heard too in politics and elections than we could get a more balanced point of view of things in our economy.

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 5:47pm
iowaboy's picture
iowaboy says:

as an old song by eddie cochran said- 'summertime blues'- he called his congressman and he said quote, 'like to help you son but you're too young to vote'.

so what i can say is that once somebody becomes of voting age, then politicians are more likely to listen to them.

and it means telling who represents you how you feel on issues. so it involves more than just voting, in terms of making the greatest contribution possible- making your voice truly heard by those who can make a difference for you.

posted on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 2:44pm

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