To the editor:
In response to the Aug. 26 column by Jane Muskens: How Do You Inspire Young People to be All That They Can Be?”
The solution to low voter turnout and political apathy among young Canadians will not be found in our educational system.
As a 17-year-old student about to begin my final year of high school, the most emphasized theme throughout my education has not been that this education will allow me to rally with others to, in Jack Layton’s words, “Change this country and this world.” Instead, I have learned that I go to school so that I can go to university, which will allow me to get a good job and in turn, enough money to buy a nice house and car.
If young Canadians have the efficacy to influence politics and reach their full potential, school is doing nothing to tell us that. Passion for learning and discovering truth has been replaced by answers copied from the back of the textbook in order to receive a number on a piece of paper at the end of the year (not to forget the real goal—a nice house). This breeds disdain, not the hope and optimism that are apparently necessary to bring about positive change.
It is not enough to simply be educated; students have to know what the purpose is. And if it is to produce young people who can think for themselves and engage in politics to contribute to our country’s strong future, then the methodology used in our educational system needs to be re-evaluated.