Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017|2 a.m.
“/ > Steve Marcus Trainee agent Trevor Pearl of Clark High School throughout the 61st yearly Las Vegas Sun Youth Online Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. View more of the Sun’s viewpoint section Editor’s note: About 1,000 trainees from high schools throughout Southern Nevada took part in the 61st yearly Sun Youth Forum on Nov. 8. The students were divided into groups to go over a range of subjects. An agent was selected from each group to write a column about the students’ findings. This essay resolves the concerns covered by the Potpourri group.
For three hours, the other members of Nevada’s Sun Youth Online forum and I sat in a circle and debated education reform, medical suicide, student loans and other problems that might seem too big or nuanced for a group of teenagers to have a detailed and informative discussion about. In this room however, we ended up being something else. We were not a group of teenagers, or “just kids,” we were a group of people with voices and viewpoints, of every color and creed, prepared to combat for exactly what we believed in.
In our first topic, the benefits of legalizing medical suicide for terminal clients, the dividing line in our conversation became morality vs. constitutionality. Being surrounded by a space loaded with debaters, I anticipated a great deal of support for the constitutionality side of the argument. Exactly what happened rather was the specific opposite. Practically each person in the room focused morality. A number of the trainees had really personal experiences with this issue, from terminally ill family members to seeing horrible mishaps, which pressed them to support the proposal. While their arguments were good, that’s not exactly what stood apart. Instead, I was struck by the amount of empathy and understanding that might be shared in between groups of trainees, most of whom had actually never ever met prior to.
As the other individuals were sharing their stories, other trainees provided support and compassion, regardless of the specific or the situations as well as if they didn’t agree. By the end of the conversation, we ‘d concluded that while there may be no “best answer” on the concern, a decision needs to ultimately be made based on humankind, and not the strong (and rather impersonal) arm of the law.
That theme resurfaced when we were asked, “What would you do if you were principal of your school for a day?”
It started as a standard conversation, with trainees saying they would work to increase instructor motivation, repair sexist dress-codes or change the lunches.
One student, however, caught all of us by surprise, saying she would roll back technology usage in schools.
” Much of my projects are due online or printed, yet as a member of a low-income family, none of these alternatives are available to me,” she stated.
While lots of others wanted to argue the technology concern as a whole, no one seemed to be able (or desired) to eliminate this point, up until one trainee chimed in that schools should use technological aids to low-income homes. With everyone aware of CCSD’s roughly $60 million financial obligation, we began conceptualizing ways on how this might be accomplished.
We decided that it would have to start on a school level, by using grants and funding individually available to schools thorough enough to request them.
The level of enthusiasm about this concern was astonishing; the trainees plainly knew what schooling issues existed, but instead of just implying others must figure it out, actively discussed on ways to produce the modifications on an individual level. Some trainees presumed regarding offer to discover grants themselves.
All of us had our eyes on schools and their significance, and came to a consensus to speak with our particular administrators, simply to communicate our concepts. And that’s exactly what I found the Sun Youth Forum had to do with: bringing us, the future generation, together to discuss our views of the world around us, and ways to be the change we all feel is frantically required.
Trevor Pearl is a senior at Clark High School.