Ever since I can remember, people have always asked us to vote wisely but I can't, for the life of me, remember if voting wisely was taught in elementary or high school. I remember during high school, we had student elections for the members of the student council. I remember voting for the party that had the most catchy jingle and slogan. I paid very little attention to plans or platforms. I know now that what I did was wrong. Which leads to the quesion of:
How to evaluate candidates properly?
The answer can be summarized in the following comic strip taken from one of the above mentioned blog:
They should be teaching this in high school. The students should go thru the exercise of evaluating candidates every year even if they are not yet allowed to vote. They should also be made aware of the current situations and issues, the current position of our government as well as the actions being undertaken and their status.
Maybe we can start a sustained drive for voter education aimed at high school students manned by volunteers and funded by grants and donations.
Thoughts, comments and suggestions are welcome.