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Kettering’s Connections 2012 Now Available

Focusing on “Educating for Democracy”

The Kettering Foundation’s Connections series is an annual publication which focuses on a central issue or particular area of Kettering research.  This year, Connections 2012: Educating for Democracy, explores the issues and innovations within higher education and is being released alongside the recently announced National Issues Forums  “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” national dialogue initiative and issue guide.

Also Available: “That’s Not Democracy” from CIRCLE

Another report, this one from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, produced in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, examines the other side of college-age citizen engagement — “examining how non-college youth engage in civic life, and what stands in their way” — and is now availabe through the CIRCLE website.

From their site…

However, survey data show that civic engagement is highly unequal among young Americans. One of the primary divisions is between young people who have ever attended college and those who dropped out of high school or did not continue their educations beyond high school (about 42 percent of the resident youth population in 2012).  National survey data show that a majority of non-college youth are basically disengaged from traditional civic life, with 37 percent completely disconnected, and only 13.5 percent engaged in forms of conventional civic leadership.

Info about both can be found on the Kettering Foundation website.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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