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Chapter 20: Education for Citizenship and Democracy in the United States
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there is much interest in the US in the topic of education for citizenship and democracy. Numerous authors express dismay about declining levels of youth political engagement as reflected in voting rates and interest in following public issues; they wonder how to build on young people's preference for volunteering and community service activities to encourage deeper forms of civic engagement (Carnegie and CIRCLE, 2003; National Conference on Citizenship, 2006; Zukin et al., 2006).1 These concerns have led to numerous local, state, and national initiatives to stimulate participatory citizenship in young people.
In exploring the topic of education for citizenship and democracy ...