Democracy is a long held facet of American society. With fewer people voting, it is now more important than ever for students to participate.
“Students may not realize that they can make a difference in society, but they can,” Government teacher Mr. Buckley said. “They have a voice, and they should use it to their advantage.”
Some students are already getting involved in participating in democracy by joining clubs such as Model UN, We The People, Academic Decathlon, Student Council, and Speech and Debate that inform students on political processes, such as how a bill is passed. It is important in a democracy that citizens are informed enough to have opinions on different issues.
“I joined a political club, On The Issues, led by John McCain, and he told us no matter what side we are on, it is very important for us to be active participants in democracy because we need to be the checks and balances for our government,” senior Jacob Wrightsman said. “I really take to heart what he said because he wasn’t pushing his agenda, he simply wanted us to be active.”
Other students participate in democracy by going to rallies held by politicians. This allows students to understand a political platform and be around people who are passionate for politics.
“I recently went to a Trump rally,” junior Jason Warth said. “I get that it’s controversial, but the people there were more concerned about raising awareness for issues that mattered to them, and they wanted the President to hear their voices and let him know that they still mattered.”
There are many opportunities to involve democracy in a student’s daily life and to make a difference.
“I try to input democracy into daily classes to get students thinking about it, how it works and how much of a difference their voices make,” Mr. Buckley said.
Democracy is a driving force in American society. It is society’s responsibility to embrace the ideas that embody it.