Civic Learning Round-Up: December
December 27, 2022
In this series, Citizens & Scholars compiles the best recent articles, reports, and research from around the civic learning field. Stay up-to-date on the latest news, trends, and developments in efforts to build effective citizens.
New Report: Young Voters in 2022: Black and Non-College Youth Were Underrepresented
CIRCLE‘s analysis of 2022 exit poll data and population data highlights that white and college-educated youth remain overrepresented among midterm voters.
In their analysis, they compare the demographics of young voters to the demographics of all young U.S. citizens ages 18-29.
The article highlights 4 key findings:
- White youth were overrepresented among voters in 2022 and have been since 2006. In contrast, Black youth are consistently underrepresented among voters.
- That pattern is driven in large part by an overrepresentation of white women, who make up 27% of all citizens in that age group but 33% of the youth electorate, and an underrepresentation of Black men: 7% of young citizens but only 4% of young voters.
- Among and across all racial groups, youth who have not attended college were heavily underrepresented among voters in 2022.
- Many of these patterns of underrepresentation can be traced back to structural barriers and ongoing inequities in young people’s civic education and engagement.
Youth Civic Development
- How Gen Z Could Transform American Politics | FiveThirtyEight
- Near record-high numbers of young people voted during the midterms, signaling a possible shift – or exception – in voting trends | Houston Chronicle
Student power in Georgia: Young, engaged and determined to vote | Bradenton Herald
- How Gen Z is changing the politics of funs in America | Op-Ed, wbur
- Gen Z might finally turn young voters into a political power | Op-Ed, The Washington Post
- Run GenZ takes credit for helping keep Iowa a deep red state | AXOS Des Moines
Gen-Z Shifts the Tide to Halt Midterm and the Red Wave | Marist Circle
Young Voters Showed Up—Now Comes the Hard Part | The Institute for Citizens & Scholars
Higher Ed & Campus Life
The Apolitical University: Should institutions remain neutral on controversial issues? Is that even possible? | Chronicle of Higher Education
- Reimagining Democracy Through Student Activism | Inside Higher Ed
Reset this: Change how we teach civics in America | Op-Ed, The Hill
Friendships Can Heal Campus Divisions, Study Finds, and Administrators Play a Big Role | Chronicle of Higher Education
- One state is poised to teach media literacy starting in kindergarten | The Hechinger Report
Civic education and engagement must become higher priorities | Missouri Independent
Want less political polarization? Invest in more civics education | Lexington Herald Leader
We Must Invest in Civics to Inform and Reengage an Increasingly Isolated America | Op-Ed, Times-Tribune
- What’s Really Going on in History Classrooms? A New Project Aims to Find Out | Ed Week
- What Teachers Should Consider Before Using AI-Powered Tools in the Classroom | Ed Week
Civic Learning Field
We must invest in civics to inform and reengage an increasingly isolated America | Northern Kentucky Tribune
- It Can Happen Here: 8 Great Books to Read About the Decline of Democracy | NY Times
- Is American democracy breaking? How would we know? | Christian Science Monitor
- Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action – Morgan Rako, COO at College to Congress | City Biz
- US Constitution is still worth defending and protecting | Op-Ed, The Post and Courier
Pitt-Johnstown announces partnership with K-12 schools for civic education, literacy | The Tribune-Democrat
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