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Why kids should have an equal amount of rights as adults
Why kids should have the same amount of rights adults have
When adults say to us, enjoy the time where you are kid, because you will have so much more work when you are older. They have forgotten what it is like to be a kid. I see my parents work, and yes, they do work hard, but on a weekend where I had more than 10 hours of difficult homework I am working really hard too. If more than 10 hours of homework isn’t a big workload, I don’t know what is!
The pressure on children to perform well in school is tremendous. The pressure on kids to be “a contributing member of the family” is extensive. The pressure on us to keep exercising, to get involved with our community and to take part in extra curricular activities is just plainly unfair.
Adults have a choice. They should be putting food on the table, but if they can’t there is options, there is choices. For kids if we continuously don’t hand in homework and do badly on tests, we fail. Then we are told if we don’t shape up we will be unsuccessful in high school, then we won’t get into university, then we won’t have a good life. That’s a tremendous amount of pressure and stress that a 12 year old shouldn’t have do deal with. But since we do have to deal with it, then we should be treated as an equal member in society.
The hard work and pressure isn’t just in school. If you wanted to play on a house league hockey team to get the opportunity to have fun and exercise (or at least try to) that’s awesome. But if you have one bad play and you pass it up the middle of the ice and it is picked off by a good player, and they score. You feel bad, you feel sad, and you feel disappointed. But then you get an earful of scolding by your coach, and you don’t want to play anymore, what’s the point? You don’t think you should have to put up with this. But your parents make you stay in because “It’s a great opportunity.” Imagine if they remembered what it was like to be yelled at by the coach after being down on themselves and their parents (your grandparents) made them not quit. Our world would be a different, more equal place today.
Or at camp, you just want to enjoy time with your friends and goof around, and it’s time for swimming lessons. You don’t want to join in but you are forced to go in the water, if you don’t try hard, you get in trouble. This is not to say that camp is bad, most kids like camp because the people that tell us what to do (the councillors) are a little bit like kids. So they usually understand what we want to do. Camp is a place of ultimate freedom because our parents are 20 yr. old kids. This is what makes camp so special for most kids.
Voting. It is brutally unfair that kids can’t vote. After all, kids are the future. We should be knowledgeable of the Political system and were we stand in the world. If we are shielded by our parents and community who don’t think we should know what’s going on, then we will never know. I recently did a survey for math class asking: What issues do you think are the most important for the government to tackle. 9 out of 33 students answered don’t know/care. At Deer Park, a very well educated school if you asked ten people that question (roughly) four people wouldn’t know, and that question was a matter of opinion.
Why do we have so many issues to deal with when we are kids, to prepare us to become adults? But that contradicts the first statement I said: When old people say to us, enjoy the time where you are kid, because you will have so much more work when you are older. If when we are kids, we are becoming prepared to become an adult then when do we have time to be just children?!
Imagine a grown-up in a kid’s body. How would they feel with adults bossing them around, imagine if every adult suddenly remembered as clear as day what it was like to be our age. If that were to happen then we would be a much more valued member of society. We wouldn’t be bossed around, we wouldn’t be neglected in restaurants for the adult in line behind us, and we would be equal to everyone else! Which we should be already!
Like Martin Luther King Jr. and the blacks, I believe that the next revolution will be giving kids equal rights. Because after all we do close to the same amount of work as adults, we should be treated the very same as them. This is why I believe kids have an unfair amount of work and pressure.
Article posted November 2, 2008 at 12:55 PM •
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