Civic Education and Voter Turnout

Peter Levine, associate dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and former director of the Center for Information and Civic Learning and Engagement, published an article in the New York Times yesterday arguing

Once young adults start voting, the habit tends to persist for their whole lives. One way to boost young people’s voting — and their understanding of the political system and current issues — is to teach them civics while they are still in high school. Young adults are more likely to vote if they have experienced interactive civic education, if a teacher specifically taught them about voting, and if they discussed current events while they were teenagers.

Levine’s article is based, in part, on a research report published in 2013 on Youth Voting and Civic Education. You can read the full report here.

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