How to Increase Youth Involvement in Democracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yesterday on The Takeaway, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said one of the best ways to ensure the continued success of American democracy is to get young people engaged again. "My commercial message is let's restore the teaching of civics to the high schools so that younger generations will know how their government works," Breyer said. "They’ll know a little bit about history and they’ll understand the importance of participating in the community's life." But what does it take to get today's students excited about civic life and government?

Mark Oglesby, a government and civics teacher at Howell High School in Michigan and the winner of the 2011 American Civic Education Award, and one of his students, senior Gabe Montesanti talk about how to make civic engagement more important to young people.

Comments [2]

John Hale

Bravo to Mark Oglesby, who is one of the great teachers of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and who thoroughly deserved the American Civic Education Teacher Award he received this year. For information on the effective civic education programs that Mark uses one can simply visit

Sep. 29 2011 01:12 PM
Don Cortez from Michigan

We are very lucky to have Mark as a teacher in Howell School District. The interaction and the passion that he has for education has provided many of our children with the tools to use in life outside of school. As a educated society we must find ways to have more teachers that can share the way Mark does with our children.

Sep. 29 2011 12:38 PM

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