Our Democracy

In this response, I talked about what democracy means to me, which is rooted in being equal, having freedom to be ourselves, and the importance of education.

By Sutton B. from Eureka High School in California

To me, democracy means that we are all equal and should be treated as such. We are also all part of a community where we recognize each other and our differences. Currently, our democracy is becoming more equal, but it will take time before our nation can call itself perfectly equal. To be a part of democracy, we have to recognize that we need to be a community that wants to create change in the world. We also have to realize that people have different lifestyles and ways of thinking that could influence their definition of democracy.

Another part of democracy is the freedom to be yourself and express your opinion. In schools, this is taught to us and demonstrated. In order to participate in democracy, you do have to be educated in order to not only express our opinions, but to also form them with accuracy. Freedom to be who we are is very important because it helps shape our way of living and how we interact with others in our day to day life. Democracy is fueled by opinion, and opinion is built by education, and these things are all connected.

The picture I chose demonstrates not only equality, but also education. These two can be mixed to create a community that works together to also create change in the world.

Eureka High School

Soph Honors, 2nd Period

Sophomore Honors English

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The Our Democracy Education Project is a partnership with the National Writing Project and PhotoWings. PhotoWings' mission is to help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. The project is also supported by the National Geographic Society and Catchlight, and explores the question, “What does democracy look like?” through the creation of a multimedia record of the state of local, everyday democracy today.