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In looking for solutions as to why children range tremendously from their mom and dad and grandparents in terms of turning out the vote, a brand new Engagement demanding situations the traditional knowledge that cutting-edge adolescence is stricken by a serious case of political apathy. with a purpose to comprehend the present nature of citizen engagement, it's serious to split political from civic engagement. utilizing the consequences from an unique set of surveys and the authors' personal basic examine, they finish that whereas older voters take part by means of balloting, teens have interaction via volunteering and being lively of their groups.

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The abortion rate, which had peaked in 1990, had dropped 15 percent by 1995, when the oldest Nets were just entering adolescence (Infoplease 2001). In 1993, environmental pollution ebbed, and teen AIDS levels started falling (Howe and Strauss 2000). A comparison of efforts aimed at public education characterizes some of the differences between the generations. For example, while A Nation at Risk warned adults that Xers were receiving substandard training, among the DotNet generation more students are taking calculus, the major sciences, and advanced placement exams (Howe and Strauss 2000).

On how they view themselves and the role and responsibilities of citizenship, along with their attitudes about politics, government, and their fellow citizens. Chapter 5 examines the various pathways to civic and political participation, teasing out the factors—from parental socialization to values, norms and attitudes—that lead citizens to engage in public life and/or to privilege certain kinds of participation over others. We also explore generational differences in this process and address ways engagement among young people might be encouraged and facilitated.

Gross domestic product expansion continued almost unabated for nearly a decade. Poverty dropped by 20 percent between 1993 and 1999 (Caplow, Hicks, and Wattenberg 2000). In March 1999, just before the oldest DotNets were set to graduate from college, the Dow Jones broke the 10,000 mark. S. 1% inflation rate DotNets ϭ 1–11 Coming of Age in a Post-Boomer World 39 young people had witnessed almost miraculous increases in the Dow throughout their late teens and early twenties: from 1995 to 2000, the Dow rose 15 percent a year.

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