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  2. I think it depends who the adult is. A lot of parents, in my opinion (and also from experience), will always value the contribution their child makes to society more compared with children who are not theirs. I also think it depends what profession an adult is in. I felt respected by teachers whilst at school and they were always interested to hear my opinion and encouraged me to contribute in class. However I feel an adult who is in a ‘high powered’ position would definitely not value, or value as much, the contribution a child makes to society. I think such people would usually be more career orientated and perhaps not interested in children/do not have children until later on in their life compared with others. Additionally it could also depend on who the child is. For example if they are exceptionally clever/talented and people are aware of this then adults might automatically value the contribution these children make to society more than a child who is in bottom sets at school. I also think a child of a high social class would be taken more seriously than a child of a lower social class, even though there is absolutely no logic in this! Finally, it says a lot that the minimum voting age is 18!
  3. I think some adults see children as less wise than themselves and therefore may not value their opinions on certain topics
  4. Yes!! Children are proven to be more creative than adults. They provide different ways of looking at societal issues.
  5. I taught politics at a secondary school in a scheme which wanted to get disadvantaged children involved in politics. The children were 15-16 years old and engaged in education. However, it felt weird to be telling them about the importance of voting, when it would be at least two years before they would even be eligible to have a say on how the country is run and vote in the next election. I think that in itself shows that the view of children (young people) are not as valued.
  6. I taught as part of a scheme to get disadvantaged secondary school children involved in politics. They were 15-16 years old and engaged in education, but it felt strange telling them about the importance of voting. It would be at least another two years before they would be viewed as able to have a say in how the country is run , and vote in an election. It think that in itself shows that children (young people) aren't valued as much.
  7. No, I don't think so (in the UK anyway). The current rhetoric towards children who question the views/practices of adults, is "you're too young to understand"/"wait until you get a job and enter the real world" etc. Sometimes very dismissive. Especially with terms like snoflakes being used to instantly put down someone (normally young people) who are normally speaking up about an insensitivity towards others. Children can have a refreshing viewpoint but I think it isn't valued enough, especially if it questions the status quo.
  8. Not always but I think this is down to many factors, such as the age of the children and where the children live. As children in different cultures are expected to have more of a contribution to society at different ages for different reasons. But in certain aspects such as debates or conferences, a lot of young children don't have any interest in it or a full understanding. This maybe a reason adults don't take into account what some children want to contribute to society.
  9. Interesting question. I think it depends, there are so many stories of youths doing incredible things!
  10. I think there are many factors to be considered before this can be answered, a few of thesw factors could be: Age of adult - younger adults are closer in age to children, could they be more likely to value childrens contribution? Are they a parent? - could parents be more likely to? Community/religious perception - religious people may be more or less likely to value children more
  11. Adults don't value children's thoughts because young people are taken to be young and meant to be guided by the elder.
  12. I think children have the potential to transform debates as they might motivate their parents and older family to take action to preserve young people's future
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  14. I think they might make more impact than adults.
  15. Yes, children should have the right to shape their futures, however I think they would have to be of a certain age to understand the topics up for discussion at an international conference.
  16. If children are involved in activism, or have expertise on a subject, should they be allowed to speak at international conferences?
  17. No I think we always look down on children like they are too small. Yet for me I say children need listening to, they have honesty compared to adults.
  18. I think it depends on the context, some children have more opportunities to be actively involved in society outside of their families than others.
  19. All people should have a voice in their communities. The amount of influence that a voice has, and especially the degree to which it is acted upon tends to depend largely on the financial backing behind it (although there are exceptions).
  20. It helps to bring out the big views of the community and bridges the gap of segregation based on personal differeres.
  21. Yes1 it helps expose the person to new ideas and peaple in society becouse the person can easily get help of getting a job
  22. They should be hard because a particular individual may not have a more development and brilliant idea and yet left out to in their case ever one should be hard.
  23. It helps to bring out the big views of the community and bridges the gap of segregation based on personal differeres.
  24. Yes1 it helps expose the person to new ideas and peaple in society becouse the person can easily get help of getting a job
  25. I think all people should have their views heard, but the context of the question determines whose views are more important. For example, young people are at the heart of education and should therefore have some say in determining how it should be delivered, and teachers who understand the needs of young people should also have a say, so that policy makers can take this into account when they design education systems.
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