Changes in Indifference

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September 28th, 2015
Changes in Indifference
Caden Cooper

As a sixteen or seventeen year old, I thought I knew what was right and wrong in nearly every aspect of politics or economics. Surprisingly to me, I found out that I knew almost nothing. My ignorance was realized around the second day of class at the start of my senior year. My teacher, Coach Tilden, for American Government and Economics went around asking several different questions on some slightly controversial issues. As each person answered, he would play Devil’s advocate and make everyone seem as though they were completely wrong. Then, it became my question. It was regarding the right to vote. My over-confident self took on this challenge with full force. He asked me a simple and straightforward question, “Are there any U.S. citizens that lack the right to vote”?
I thought this was a joke and responded without hesitation. “ No. As long as they are citizens, they have the right to vote”.
He knew that almost none of the U.S Constitution was instilled in my mind. “What article of the constitution states this right”, he replied.
“I-I’m not sure, but it has to be in there. Everyone knows that”, I said.
“I hope that by the end of this class you will be much more informed than you are now. No where in the constitution does it state that citizens have the right to vote”. It took these two replies for me to become the laughing stock of the class for the next thirty seconds. I felt like an uneducated child. My ideas weren’t that bad, were they? It was at this moment that I knew I had a lot more learning to do before I could be confident in my political beliefs. I began to do research on my own time to stand a better chance in the next class debate. Researching at home as well as learning at school began to change a lot of my views. I couldn’t believe how blind I had been. Every class was filled…...

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