The youth wave in voting is coming


Experts say they have seen more millennials be interested in this year’s election.

Midterm election 2018 has gained a lot of buzz from young adults. One teacher at Greenbrier High School says 2018 is a great time to teach American Government.

“It’s a fascinating time to be teaching government,” explained Lynn Hackett. “The younger generation is excited about government.”

Hackett has been teaching for more than 20 years.

She says during her time as a teacher more students are starting to become more aware of politics. She credits the use of social media. 

“I think we went through a period where there was some apathy, but I think we seem to be on the back side of that right now,” said Hackett.

Hackett told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson she understands her students want to get more involved.

At impressionable ages she is making sure they are clear on the myths of voting, and the snippets they might see online.

“I was in another class today, and we had a student who was going to register to vote,” said Hackett. “The student said oh my goodness Mrs. Hackett they wanted me to pay. We said no you couldn’t trust the very first website you click on.”

The American Government teacher says glad her students have taken an interest in something that will affect them or their families.

“This is our future, and the future is bright,” explained Hackett. “It’s not what you see the media. We have great kids doing great things every single day, and we want them to shine.”

Hackett and other government teachers believe midterm election 2018 will have a long-lasting effect. 

Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod

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