That seems to many I’m sure an obvious thing to write.Why young people,or young adults are the future of out world,and,of course,our own country here.Many are involved in issues of wanted the profound issues of global warming to not only be addressed,but solved.As that is entirely understandable given the threat that they observe to their environment ,it’s really encouraging when we hear of younger people becoming involved in grass roots politics from all areas of the political spectrum.
As a main driver,social media plays a vital role in facilitating their activism.So many young people are totally at home in this world of web usage,Twitter and Facebook.As a silver surfer,I can readily admit to still being naive about the protocols of social media usage.Although I use it to voice my own opinion on topical issues of the day,I would doubt wether I can navigate my way around the various platforms as well as young do.With that in mind,I think that when we read posts from young people,we should view them as salient concerns,and as well thought out polemics on our pressing issues that our society face today.
Let’s be honest,the news media in this country now attempts to polarise thoughts into binary political camps.Now teaching young people as I do,I would say that the media arn’t really serving them up any revisionist polemics that they can deal with.For example,bullying in school was,until a few years ago,a massive issue that wasn’t addressed in any constructive way.Now,though so much work done at all levels of the educational spectrum,bullying has greatly diminished.With that in mind,young are demanding that they are respected as they respect their peers in society.So recently,when profound issues have arisen about the bullying tactics of a young political group,and subsequent suicide of a young person because of this issue,we as older silver beings have got to address this.Its one thing to address it in schools,but when these young people go out in society and get involved in politics,they deserved to be treated with dignity and respect,as that is the mark of any grown up society.
As I write this,I’m not thinking of any particular party,as I have no doubt it exists across the spectrum,and is found in the Westminster village as many already know.However,if we really are serious as a society about encouraging young people to enter politics,we,as they say cannot just “talk the talk,we have to walk the walk”.That,in my opinion,isn’t just an aspiration,it is a absolute goal.
As all from my generation grow old,we start to look at what we are leaving behind,it’s only natural.Education teaches critical thinking skills to which young people will develop,but young people are far more tolerant now then at any other time.However,they want to be engaged,they want to play a part,and they don’t want to be treated as fools.Sadly,some politicians have done just that,Mow,maybe that might have been the norm a few years ago,but not now.
As young people not only ask questions of the elected leaders,they are asking the right ones.They are demanding change,in other words,us old Dinosaurs either have to learn to dance,of face extinction.
What I have learnt in my 58 years amongst others things in never to underestimate the youth of this country.What does that mean?This,don’t be Pseudo,be real.If you don’t know something,be honest.Dont make pie crust promises.You will be held to account.Remember Nick Clegg and his promises to students that he couldn’t keep.Not cool,not right.
Today,we the spring term starts in earnest very soon,and as Year 13 pupils start to contemplate higher education,they are our future.We need them more than we have ever needed them.Lets not take them for granted.
This has been my blog post for today.If it appears to be a rant,then I am sorry,it’s just that I along with millions of other silver surfers wanted to give a big shout out to our great young people.