Illustration by Sarah Evans, 16, Temple City HS

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Se, 16, didn't use to care about current events. But when his teacher inspired him to get informed, he discovered that he likes forming his own opinions about what's going on in the world.

One day last summer I was in the car with my dad when we started talking about President George W. Bush. I criticized Bush for being a bad leader. I said jokingly, “If George Bush wants English to be the international language then he needs to learn to speak it properly.”

My dad laughed and said, “Bush has some flaws, but is a decent leader.”
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