For the past few weeks the Upper School has turned inward to concentrate on the Student Leadership Proposal; however, there have been many students who have been keeping their eye on a much greater political party. The big 2012 is here, the year of the apocalypse, the 2012 summer Olympics, and the next Presidential election. Wait, what? There are many students who are keeping their minds on the big issues. But what are the big issues that are of concern to this generation?
If I were to ask a random high school student what his or her political views are, I would receive a short answer. Democrat. Republican. But what often comes next are seven little words. “At least that’s what my parents are.” I have noticed this trend over the past few years, and the past few conversations that I have had with students my age about politics. This has drawn me to be inspired to write about how the parties feel about the issues that our generation thinks are the most threatening. Though I agree that listening to ones parents is critical, does politics have to be a genetic trait? I’ll leave that to you...
I have recorded student issues of concern and then shared the official position from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party on that issue. Then I list examples of legislation each party has supported that concerns that particular issue.
Q: According to one student, “One of the biggest issues is the declining emphasis on the benefit of education in general.”
Democrats: As the global marketplace grows more competitive, we need to expand opportunities for higher education and job training.
What they have been doing: Race to the Top initiative, which has encouraged higher standards for schools, worked to provide more qualified teachers (and “holding them accountable” for their successes and failures in the classroom).
Republicans: We believe in the power of school choice, that giving parents the ability to send their children to better schools- not keeping them trapped in failing schools- is an important way to enable children to get the quality education they deserve.
What have they been doing? Well, since there is not a current Republican as president, I hope this can help serve as a voting guide. I will just explain some things some Republican candidates have suggested. Michelle Bachmann suggested the “elimination of the Department of Education” (TIME Magazine). Mitt Romney has been trying to “distance” himself from statements that promote or suggest any sort of national plan. Instead he has focused on supporting more charter schools.
If you will be 18 in time for the next election, please register to vote. And learn about the issues that are important to you!
Democratic information from Democrats.org
Gop.org used for Republican information.