Tuesday, November 6, 2007

More Exerpts from ShineOn!, "A Newspaper of Service & Service Learning" Published by the Minneapolis Youth Development Program

Eighth grade responses to the question, "Should kids be able to vote?"

- "Parents might not trust their child to vote, but those same parents trust their 16 year old to drive a car which is way more dangerous that [sic] filling out a ballot."

- "We have no say in who is our president, and that is unfair if every other citizen in the US is allowed to vote but us. According to the 15th amendment ' the right of all citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied by the United States or by the state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.' I know that this doesn't exactly state that kids can vote . . . ." Fortunately for a lot of kids making stupid decisions, you aren't treated as full citizens for all legal purposes.

- "Kids don't get to vote - we have to sit there and watch some bald-headed white dude in the white house who don't care about people." Can someone tell this kid that there hasn't been a bald-headed president in his lifetime?

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