The Student Voice of St. George's School

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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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A Problem With Democracy

The list of elected candidates of grade 11

In a democracy people are supposed to vote on who they feel will best represent them. At St. George’s, however, students are concerned about how far their votes count towards electing a student council member.

Another pressing issue about voting in our school is the way our candidates are displayed to the voters. In grades 8-10, speeches are given to the entire grade, but a problem arises with this.  Even though this displays one’s public speaking skills, it sometimes becomes more of a comedic act than a serious platform speech. This system, even though flawed, allows students who are new to the school to have a fair chance. In grades 11-12 the presentation becomes a lot less animated. In the senior grades candidates must write a platform essay highlighting what they wish to do if elected. Major complaints on this system are that people who are not well known in the grade find it hard to get noticed.

A question many voters in all grades have ,excluding grade 12s, is “how much power do we have as a grade?” The answer is, sadly, not a lot. Grade 12s and staff are responsible for organizing junior and senior dances, so don’t buy into those speeches promising more dances or drastic changes in the way the school is run.  Another concern of voters is the fact that teachers have a say in the voting.  How much power do they hold?  Well, that is unknown.

A major problem with our elections is that there simply are not enough voters. Brendan S had this to say when asked why he didn’t vote.  “As a grade, we really don’t have that much say in what happens.  And if nothing memorable will happen, then why vote?”  When James G was asked what memorable experiences he has had  through his years at St. Georges (thanks to the efforts of student council) he replied, “I really can’t name many other than a bake sale in grade 8.”

Despite the flaws that come with any democratic system, hopefully this year’s council will make up for the problems students have had in the past, and prove that even though our voting system isn’t perfect, we can still produce great leaders.

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Tristan Taylor
Tristan Taylor, Staff Writer
Tristan Taylor is originally from Toronto, Ontario, but he moved to Vancouver when he was four years old. He currently attends St.Georges and is in his grade eleven year. Tristan has a wide variety of interests including rap battling, beatboxing and acting. Besides having hobbies in entertainment, Tristan one day hopes to become a detective for the Calgary Police Force. Detective work interests Tristan as he has a strong passion for justice. Tristan has an interest in English and especially enjoys his English eleven courses. Outside of school, Tristan pursues entrepreneurial feats by being a middle man in a clothing company. On weekends, Tristan enjoys shooting pool downtown with close friends. Things Tristan wishes to improve on this year are his GPA and his leadership role in the school. Tristan strongly believes that "there's always something else waiting around the corner."  Believing in this helps him never stay down for long.

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    ldonaldsonOct 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Interesting viewpoint!