I am writing this post after reading An Open Letter to ALL federal candidates.
This is something I said before:
Don’t talk about us, talk TO us…
One might argue, “Well how do we talk to the youth in Canada?” Well, Canada you’ve created schools. Go to the schools.
One might then say, “Well, youth don’t care…” Yes we care. In fact, we probably care more than you think. We just think YOU don’t care.
One might then ask, as such a question was raised in this open letter, “How do we get youth engaged and interested in politics?”
This last question is a lot more difficult to answer, but I am going to say that youth just need to be encouraged. They need the space and they need the time. Getting youth engaged doesn’t just happen over night. We need to be given the freedom to do what we want, both creatively and intellectually (school doesn’t allow that much of the time). We need to be given the time to do this. School eats up most of our time, so perhaps the answer lies within the schools (Since the majority of young people in Canada can be find in schools for much of their life).
There is a common theme that lies in this answer and it is School.
Perhaps this is a systemic issue (Schools don’t allow youth to be creatively and intellectually challenged; provide for only certain or limited subjects and its content to be taught; eat up majority of a young person’s time and space)
I am not saying school should be abandoned or abolished, but perhaps something needs to change within the schools.
The problem isn’t that youth don’t care. Perhaps the problem is that school doesn’t allow the freedom for youth to show that we care.
So then how do we get youth to be interested and engaged politically? Well, Canada you created them: The Schools.
In the end, I wonder if any of the political candidates have made visits to any of the schools in Canada?