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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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