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Youth and Civic Engagement

Youth and Civic Engagement

This video was recorded at MIT Communications Forum. With the right tools and backing, children of the 21st century are set to make their mark on the world. These panelists want to ensure that young people passionately engage with the world, using new media to "shape changes around them," as Mitchel Resnick puts it. For Lance Bennett, "the future of democracy seems to be at stake." Typically, schools fail to teach children politics, and civic education turns kids off. This is happening as modern society "falls apart in important ways," with social hierarchies and authorities fading in importance, and membership organizations that confer status losing clout. But new forms are emerging such as social networks and participatory media. Young people born into the digital age have a different... Show More
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