The Return of Civics

They say there's always a silver lining. If that's true, then I guess the silver lining around the chaos, anxiety, and political division we're currently experiencing is that it has spawned a renewed interest in civics and activism among students all across the country.

  Olivia Matz, 15, at a demonstration in Foley Square last week. High school and college students across New York City walked out of classes at noon to oppose the recent executive order targeting Muslims and refugees.  CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

Olivia Matz, 15, at a demonstration in Foley Square last week. High school and college students across New York City walked out of classes at noon to oppose the recent executive order targeting Muslims and refugees.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

"With Mr. Trump in the White House, the obsession with politics that has many adult Americans fiercely focused on the Senate’s latest confirmation hearing and the president’s last Twitter message has filtered down to those not yet of voting age. High school and even middle school students are showing a level of civic engagement not seen in years, say their teachers and principals."
— Elizabeth A. Harris, The New York TImes

Read the full article in The New York Times: The Snapchat Cohort Gets Into Politics, and Civics Is Cool

Stephen Watkins

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