As the American education system has progressed, our children have become increasingly politically aware. American primary schools and high schools now educate our youths on a range of political and social issues such as privilege, inequality, climate change and gun violence. Children as young as ten years old now have strong political beliefs, and are perfectly capable of making informed voting decisions, with a little help from teachers and caregivers. Why should our youths be denied the right to vote, when they are at least as informed, if not more so, than older generations?
One theory as to why older Americans prefer to keep the voting age at eighteen, is that they fear progress. It has been demonstrated that younger people are far more liberal and forward thinking than older people. The younger the generation, the higher the proportion of democrat voters, and the smaller the proportion of republican voters.
Younger people also have far more informed views on issues such as protecting the environment and curbing gun violence, issues that older generations are decidedly ignorant on. It’s ironic that older generations are most relaxed about these issues, when it is younger generations that are most affected by the consequences such as climate change and rampant school shootings.
Older generations need to understand that young people deserve to have a say too in our political system. Young people are just as affected by new legislation as old people, so it makes no sense to deny them this right. Ideas about how society should be organized evolve over time as younger people become eligible to vote, and the earlier this happens the faster we can progress as a society. Young people of today are the leaders of the future, and we cannot simply ignore their opinions with impunity. For a nation that ignores the needs and wants of its youth, is a nation that simply does not care for the future.