POLITICS: After Citizenship Lessons, Teenagers Mistrust Politicians
After five years of compulsory citizenship lessons teenagers still mistrust politicians and political institutions and most do not support a political party, researchers said today.
Researchers have been following the first set of pupils to have the lessons since 2001.
The lessons were intended to address the "democratic deficit"- a lack of political participation - in British society.
But researchers said: "Should current student attitudes and intentions remain unchanged by Year 13 there is concern of a continued 'democratic deficit' within British society."
Now in Year 11 the young people interviewed have become less, not more, attached to their …
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Publication information: Article title: POLITICS: After Citizenship Lessons, Teenagers Mistrust Politicians. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: September 26, 2008. Page number: 4. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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