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    A letter

    Dear Sir
    As Iím sixteen years old and only a recent reader into politics the coming general election will be the first Iíve paid proper notice to. And I fear a lot of potential voters will be scared off because they feel they donít have a good enough knowledge of the political scale.
    To combat this, I feel there should be emphasis based on the mandatory teaching of politics to secondary school pupils. In my school we had one substitute teacher who gave us a worksheet on the differences between communism and capitalism. And as you can imagine, lessons with substitutes often lack any actual learning.
    How can they expect us to know what the fundamental differences are between liberalism and conservatism, socialism and free market when they donít even try to teach us?

    Yours sincerely
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    I was banned from doing politics at school because the teacher didn't like me.

    But yeah, they only teach you stuff that may be useful. No point knowing the difference between capitalism and communism when all the main parties offer is media panderism.....
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    Dear CDM,

    Thank you for your suggestions. As you are under the eligible age to vote, your concerns are not important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    I was banned from doing politics at school because the teacher didn't like me.

    But yeah, they only teach you stuff that may be useful. No point knowing the difference between capitalism and communism when all the main parties offer is media panderism.....
    We've never been taught about what the conservatives or labour stand for or anything like that.

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    Having actually read what you've written now, I learnt all about all those '-isms' at school in AS Level history.
    By the time you're 18 though, you're supposed to have the facilities to make an informed vote. Those that don't usually don't bother to turn up to vote anyway.

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    Nobody has ever taught them what they are supposed to stand for either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Having actually read what you've written now, I learnt all about all those '-isms' at school in AS Level history.
    By the time you're 18 though, you're supposed to have the facilities to make an informed vote. Those that don't usually don't bother to turn up to vote anyway.
    True, but for example my nan says things like "I just go for the best looking one." Which isn't the best way to vote. Of course she may not really vote for the best looking one but, she's obviously says things like that to put it to me that she doesn't understand the political scale. And I think a lot of people would also like to learn.

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    Nobody has ever taught them what they are supposed to stand for either.
    Yeah, I suppose teaching it could degenerate into stereotyping and possibly even propaganda. But if it was done properly and debate was aloud then I don't see a big problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    We've never been taught about what the conservatives or labour stand for or anything like that.
    School is not really the place for that. Its a little dangerous to politicize school. Also who would draw up the educational material? Schools? the parties? Who decides which parties children are educated about? Its really not a good idea. Politics (as a non-academic pursuit) doesnt have a place in schools. You grow up in a family and in a community and that is where this type of education must occur. There is also a great deal of literature out there to make an informed and educated decision.

    Im all for civics and citizenship being taught as its good for the students to know their rights and responsibilities in society but having teachers telling kids about the policies of parties is just a bad idea.
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    Fair argument there from Goughy, and I agree with it. Even at Uni I found the teaching of politics to be partisan. Its a difficult subject to teach abjectively at the best of times, even when you've got all the time in the world to discuss it.

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    Some of the political societies at Uni here are filled with some of the worst people I have ever encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Some of the political societies at Uni here are filled with some of the worst people I have ever encountered.
    Couldnt agree more. University politics is populated with the worst type of people across the spectrum though the more extreme left is usually more vocal and twatish in public.

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