During winter break, about 15 students spent time researching taxes, foreign policy and entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. Now they are drawing that research together and coming up with ideas about solving these seemingly intransigent federal budget problems.
After that, the Whiteland Community High School students plan to send copies of their report to members of Indiana’s congressional delegation.
The project grew out of a discussion by the politics club at the school. They started meeting to discuss the fall presidential election. Students with views across the political spectrum took part.
They didn’t have their discussions among like-minded students. They encouraged differing views. They discussed and debated in a civil way.
Perhaps no minds were changed, but that doesn’t matter. They were talking and, more importantly, listening.