How to Increase Youth Involvement in Democracy

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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.