October 23, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Young People’s Opinions Being Disregarded

Have you ever been very passionate about an idea or opinion but been shut down simply because you are “too young?” Many young people face this frustrating and discouraging conflict while growing up.

Just because you are young in age does not necessarily mean you retain less knowledge. You could have spent years reading books about and researching a certain subject, in comparison to an adult who may have a minimal amount of knowledge on the subject. The assumption that those who are alive longer have more extensive information holds true in some cases, but not all. It is true with experience; adults are wiser from simply being alive longer. However, that doesn’t mean that their opinions should be disregarded.  “Since children have not been in the world as long as adults, it usually allows them to be less prejudiced and more likely to question society,” said senior Amanda Evans. Rather than conforming to what has been taught by society, young people are more open minded and have a different interpretation of the world.

A major problem with agism is, “if an adult tells a young person that their opinions are not valid, then it is likely that they will learn that it is wrong to have an opinion that deviates from the norm,” said Amanda. It is sad to see young people lose their creativity because they have had their ideas rejected. This judgment holds back society and repeats a vicious cycle of misunderstanding. Some of the advice given by adults is not entirely relevant in our current society or community and limits the exploration of new innovation.

Just because someone is young in age, it does not mean that their opinions are invalid. They are living in this world too, they see what you see and can create informed opinions based off their learnings and experiences.

If there is mutual respect for one another’s ideas, young people will have “more respect for adults because they will not be afraid of their ideas being rejected,” said Amanda. This is a lesson that can be applicable for people of all ages. We will one day be adults, so remember how issues such as these made you feel, and do not make the same mistake.

 

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