There is no escaping politics; it’s everywhere. And it’s not just in the ‘big things’ either; even the smallest element of our everyday lives can be linked back to politics.
It’s something that is discussed by news outlets, is read about online, and that people – mainly adults – talk about with enthusiasm.
Yet children often miss out on all this knowledge and the chance to understand more about the world in which they live. They hear about politics and political ideas, but they don’t know how it affects them directly.
This might be because no one thinks children need to know, or that they wouldn’t be able to grasp the ideas properly, but the truth is that, when explained clearly, children would understand politics, and it could help them in their lives. It will undoubtedly help them as they get older.
So here are some of the reasons why children should learn about politics.
1. Children Are The Future
Although it might be something of a cliché, the reality is that children are the future of this world, and the more they know about politics and the difference it can make, the more engaged they will be as they get older, and the more chances they will be able to make in the world.
Take Mike Kahoe as an example; he is a young man who is making changes that he believes in, and this kind of youth engagement in politics is what the world needs for those significant changes to take place.
Without children having a basic knowledge of politics, the danger is that they will be disengaged as they get older, and no changes will be made because the people who are capable of making a change don’t care or don’t understand what they can do.
2. Children Have A Voice
When children are encouraged to learn more about politics, not just in the present but also through history, they will realize that they genuinely do have a voice. They can use that voice to bring about incredible long-term benefits for themselves and the world at large.
All too often, children’s opinions are formed by their parents and peers, and sometimes this means that misconceptions keep growing. The more children understand that there are other options and other opinions and that they are perfectly able to speak their own mind when necessary, the better future they will have.
They will be confident in expressing their own ideas and giving feedback as well as taking it, and these are all things that will give them an edge in their careers and their personal lives even if they don’t go into politics themselves.
3. Children Have More Knowledge
Every parent will want the best for their children, and something that will always be best is having as much knowledge as possible about the world around them. The more knowledge a child has, the more choices they’ll have in life, and the more opportunities they will notice.
This isn’t just related to politics; it’s connected to every subject. However, teaching children about politics is crucial because politics itself links to so many things. From health to education to finances to housing and much more, there will be a political stance behind it – and often more than one.
If your child has more knowledge about politics, they’ll have more knowledge about everything.