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Why Brazilians' Skepticism Of The Olympics Was Good News
Passionate about of new political behaviours and how they are ...
Skepticism about the Olympics is part of an arduous and often frustrating process towards more political engagement and an ever more vibrant democracy, requiring stakeholders to rethink the way to organize political life in Brazil.
Professor, Founding Dean, School of Education & Social Policy,...
The average age of a US Senator is 63. Less than 10 percent of Congress is 40 years old or younger. Yet young adults -- those between 18 and 29 -- make up 30 percent of the voting population. They, literally, cannot envision themselves a part of such a process.
Thank You, America
Jessica R. Dreistadt
Writer, Scholar, Activist
Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.
All But Ignored, Third Parties Endeavor On
High school student in Texas
As the third-party debates and the campaigns themselves will likely continue to be neglected by our political culture, the candidates fight on now for their message, not their electoral success.
Vote -- It's My Birthday!
High school senior in Issaquah, WA
Clearly, there are issues with the current way our politics run, and we can't fix everything overnight. But there are some simple things that we can do to make people more politically engaged.
Political Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Former Campus Editor-at-Large at the University of Tennessee
When you vote for a candidate, don't vote for them because your friends are doing it, or because your parents are loyal to one political party over the other. Vote for a candidate you believe in.
We Need Youth to Care
Student at Harvard University
American youth, the demographic most important to America's future, are often excluded from political processes and omitted from election ballots in just about every way.
17-year-old high school student in New York City
I believe toys come to life when I leave the room. I believe Lebron James cares about his fans. And I believe in Willy Wonka. But, recently, I've stopped believing in politicians.
We know that young minds are the fires behind revolutions and the catalyst for change, but when given the opportunity to vote -- they do very little with it. I wonder, why is that?
Teen Offers Voice to New Silent Majority
Columnist, author, and theologian
What do former president Richard Nixon and Bay Area high school student and youth filmmaker Sydney Matterson have in common? Answer: both spoke to the silent majority.
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