Call For Political Education In the UK
Mr David Cameron-Prime Minister
Mr Nick Clegg-Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Michael Gove-Secretary of State For Education
Young people are not second class citizens; they are equals of any other member of society. The voice of youth is important if we are to ensure a fairer and more democratic society. However, if young people are to be able to fulfil their role as equal citizens; we must encourage them to debate, campaign and protest for matters which they feel strongly about.
Currently, there is a worrying culture in the United Kingdom whereby this is not encouraged but actively discouraged whether it is by parents at home, or teachers at school. We must tackle this crisis head on and show young people the true significance of politics, that it affects them every day, in all aspects of life.
To do this we propose implementing a form of impartial political education. This means a separate lesson or one incorporated into PSHE/Citizenship where young people can learn about politics, democracy, discuss and debate political matters and learn the importance of taking a role in positively shaping the society in which they live.
We must not discourage our youth, we must show them they have a valid voice and they should use it. We call on you to see the merits of political education. A more political youth who use their freedom of speech to make a better society is possible and we urge you to pledge to make it real.
We must encourage the youth of today to engage in politics and take an active role in it. For their sake, for your sake, for the future.