March 30

Dear Division 16,

We are getting into the election work fast and furious!  In our discussions this week we have talked a great deal about the responsibility of citizens to participate in democracy by voting or being involved in elections.

A big concern in Canada is that youth voter turnout is lower than for older adults.  People often say that it is because youth don’t care about the future or are apathetic (not caring) about their communities.  This article by the CBC presents a different perspective.  Please read it through and answer one of the following questions.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/lack-of-access-not-apathy-reason-behind-low-young-voter-turnout-group-says-1.4045571

  1. Do you agree with the opinion of the author of this article that it is access that is preventing youth from voting? Back up your answer with an example from your own experience.
  2. Do you agree that youth in Canada do not participate in their communities or don’t care about the future?  Give reasons for your answer.

I look forward to your responses,

Jody

18 comments

  1. The Time Traveller

    I think youth in Canada do care about their future . I do agree with the author that more young people don’t vote because maybe they don’t have a fixed residents there’s a lot riding on the new generation of people and WE know that. also I know from my own experience that voting isn’t something you think to much about if your to young to vote. I’m guessing some of these people are still getting used to the fact that they can vote now.

  2. Flying Mandarin

    #2 I don’t agree with the author talking about that youth in Canada not careing about the future and that they are not participating in their community’s. I think that youth in Canada does care about the future and some people maybe wants to participate in their community but not show it.

  3. purple pom-poms

    #2 I think that youth DO care about their communities and future as well as adults. Adults normally have more knowledge about political subjects, such as voting. Youth pay less attention to it because it doesn’t occur as much in our lives and we know less about it, so it’s not as big a deal. That’s why I think that student vote is such a important part of our learning because it opens up our idea of voting and political topics and we can think in a totally different way. This helps us understand better and participate in discussions related to this with more confidence and awareness.

  4. Amythest

    2. In my opinion youth really care about the future, because whatever happens it will affect them when they’re adults. Especially having student vote we can understand how to vote, all about the parties, about political topics, we can talk to our family members (who can vote) about the parties, and how the parties can affect us when we grow up. Youth now have the ability to make a change, so that when they grow up we can have the leader everyone would be happy with.

  5. mimiw33

    #2
    I think that youth do not participate in very many community activities because it is not their first priority. Kids get consumed by their devices, it is the only thing that they want to do. I think that if every kid went one month without a device it could help them realize that there are other things in life. Or if parents put limits on devices it could have the same affect.

  6. smeagaleater10

    2# I think that the youth do care for their future. They care because they will be responsible for their future. They also care about the future because then they can help make their children’s future better. I agree with the author that access is a major problem, if there is an increase in polling stations there will be an increase in votes for sure.

  7. super cheese cake

    #2 I think that the youth care about our future because they will be living in the future, it is just that they might not have that much experience or knowledge about the candidates who are in the election. The reason they didn’t vote is because maybe they didn’t get to do as much student vote project in our age so they didn’t understand quite as much as us. Or they simply just had something to do and are simply busy at the moment.

  8. crazymemeslol123

    #2 i don’t agree with the author of the blog because a lot of us kids care for or future and he doesn’t know most of the kids but if he had children then i don’t think he would say this in his blog reasons are that right now other countries are poor with kids that are starving/thirst well we youth can change that in our future.

  9. the engineer

    #2
    I think that most youth participate in their communities. For example youth participate in events to raise money for charities. Only a few youth throw garbage and do graffiti but the majority doesn’t do that and cares about their community.

  10. Joaquin

    #2. I agree that the youth do not participate in their communities, but not because they do not care about it or about the future. I think that they just don’t have the time to learn about the candidates for the election’s. School and work might be what is stopping them from participating.

  11. sparkle sloth

    I agree with both #1 and #2. I agree with #1 because maybe, like they said, people could be moving around a lot or they could not know anything about the area so they might not know where to vote or who the candidates are. I also agree with #2 because maybe the person does not see how important voting is or maybe they think their vote won’t matter so they just should not.

  12. Touchdown

    1. I agree because I think that it is harder to take time of school to vote then to take time of work to vote. Also maybe it is because they aren’t used to voting because just a year or two earlier they weren’t aloud to vote but now they can they are not in the routine of voting.

  13. S.P.E.W

    1. I agree with the author. Someone in my family was going to school in Kelowna and was registered there but ended up moving back home before the election. He didn’t have enough time to re-register in Vancouver so he couldn’t vote.

  14. KILIMANJARO

    #2 i agree that not as many people care because I noticed that there is lots less regard for the environment, other people and equality by younger people. this, in my opinion affects voter turnout.

  15. Arcticfox

    2# I think that most Canadians don’t vote, for a few reasons. one being that they think their vote wont change anything or do anything. I argue that it will! Two being that Canadians don’t think its a good way to “spend their time”. Or find it takes up their time. The last would be that their uneducated about it. They don’t know where to go. Or have never voted before and were never taught anything.

  16. Pink Pickle

    #2 I don’t agree that youth don’t care about their future or participate in their communities because I constantly see young people out and about and participating in their communities be it supporting small business be it a lemonade stand or an actual business I think people think that Canadian youth don’t care about their future because of social media and mobile phones, yes, Canadian youth have become very attached to their devices but that doesn’t mean that they don’t care about their future!

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