Data from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University show about a 10 percent increase in voter participation for youth ages 18 to 29 in the 2020 United States election compared to 2016. While promising, this increase only brings youth voter participation to about 52 to 55 percent nationwide. With only about half of eligible young U.S. voters choosing to cast ballots, there is work to be done yet in helping today’s young people feel empowered and engaged in the civic process.
The recent report Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World? from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), explores students’ ability to examine issues of local, global and cultural significance; understand and appreciate the perspectives and worldviews of others; engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions across cultures; and take action for collective well-being and sustainable development. Though the U.S. did not participate in the study, OECD Director of Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher and NCEE President and CEO Anthony Mackay recently examined findings from the report and discussed its implications for the U.S. Watch the webinar to learn more.