Students Shadow Lawmakers, Learn the Art of Compromise

Some of the top high school students in the Midlands shadowed state lawmakers on Wednesday to learn how to work together for the greater good.

Students for Civility was created by the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council as a way to emphasize civility in the workplace.

"The process of being civil towards one another exists throughout their adult life, whether it's business, whether it's medicine, whether it's politics," said Senator Joel Lourie, who helped set up the opportunity. "We can be civil, we can disagree, but we can still do it in such a way that it still produces a positive outcome."

"No one person or no one organization can have their way all the time, there has to be give and take in order for it to be a win-win situation," said CRC Executive Director Henri Baskins.

Whether or not they become involved in politics, Blythewood High School Senior Meredith McDowell says she'll be able to apply civility and compromise to whatever goals she wants to accomplish.

"I think that's a good trait to take back to any job that we may have in the future," said McDowell. "We need to be prepared for anything thrown at us and we need to do the job good and do it right."

Fellow students agreed saying though it's difficult to understand your idea may not be the best, you have to think of others.

"You need to know how to compromise and to make a clear cut idea that will help not yourself, but many people," said Ridgeview High School Senior Shenika Glover.

Organizers say even if the students don't dream of holding future office, they hope the group will become involved by registering to vote when they turn 18.


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