Politics and Warren

Anika Agashe, Staff Writer

You’ve probably heard of some of the politically leaning clubs in this school, ranging from the Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative leaning club, to the Black Student Union, a club considered a little more liberal. But just how much do they bring to this school? In a time where the nation is so politically divided, is it our school’s responsibility to divide it further? I disagree. 

One of the major reasons that I disagree is that there are already a multitude of ways for students to get involved with the political party that they agree with. For example, if you’re part of a major political party, like the Democratic or Republican parties, there’s always opportunities to volunteer with your party, no matter how old you are. Given that it’s almost election season, there are now plenty of opportunities to volunteer, no matter how old you are. Not only that, but joining a campaign is a better way to determine whether you like politics than if you join a club, as you get real world experience. While it is a little harder for freshmen to get involved in politics, for sophomores and older, politicians like the youth to volunteer and show support. There are also plenty of opportunities over the summer to explore politics. There are a lot of mock government summer programs all over the world, and a lot of volunteering opportunities for those who don’t want to pay money. 

For many of our students, politics means a lot to them, often due to who they are. While that is great, and people shouldn’t be forced to hide their political views, that doesn’t mean that there should be major political parties at the school. Our school is all about inclusivity and forming our own opinions, and our students cannot make decisions that they believe in if there are political parties forming them.