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ERIC Number: EJ813410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Not by Votes Alone...The Vital Imperative of Restoring the Civic Mission of Schools
McConnell, Ted
Social Education, v72 n6 p312-313 Oct 2008
With celebrities imploring young people to "Rock the Vote," and with youth poised to vote in record numbers this fall, it would be easy to assume that the society is entering a golden age of youth civic engagement. Youth turnout rose in almost every state this primary season, and news networks regularly run segments on the power of the "millennials." Two troubling trends underlie the increase in youth turnout. First, individuals risk being lulled into the false assumption that youth voting is all they need to ensure a healthy democracy for the next generation. Second, the young people who do vote are disproportionately white and middle or upper class. Both these trends represent serious threats to the legitimacy of American democracy. In this article, the author discusses how an increase in youth voting is not enough. He contends that only through effective civic learning for every child can people create the type of informed and engaged citizens who will preserve a dynamic democracy for generations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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