ERIC Number: ED458155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
A Tale of Two Playgrounds: Young People and Politics.
Boyte, Harry C.
This paper uses two stories to illustrate the political attitudes of today's youth. The first story, about a group of young people in a working class area of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were part of the youth civic engagement initiative called Public Achievement, suggests ways to re-engage young people with politics. Through this initiative, students engage in the politics of public work, negotiating diverse interests for the sake of creating things of broad public interest. The second story conveys another politics: canvass politics. The paper argues that the canvass embodies a Manichean politics in which the forces of good do battle against the forces of evil. The second story, about a friend of the author/educator who works for the affiliate of a nationwide community organizing network in a large urban area, points to obstacles to civic empowerment, including conventional ideas of "politics" itself. The story brings to the surface some of the hidden elements in what today's college students experience as politics. Includes 5 notes. Attached are a survey results form which reports data on political attitudes of students and a "Models of Democracy, Citizenship, and Politics" chart. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Higher Education, Models, Political Attitudes, Politics, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys
For full text: http://www.publicwork.org/pdf/speeches/taleoftw.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)