School life and conversations at home both contribute to children’s interest in political issues.
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Understanding how early on in childhood political interest is sparked –– and what sparks it –– is crucial to giving more people a voice
Changing the voting age from 18 would allow more young citizens to make voting a habit before they lose interest in politics.
Many younger people are politically engaged. We saw this in the recent student-led protests on climate change policy.
People under 18 can leave school, get a job, drive a car and pay taxes. Should they be allowed to vote too?
Young people don’t get to vote on the issues of the day, but that doesn’t mean they can’t build power and make their voices heard.
For teenagers, blogging about politics in school can help them hone their views – and be more tolerant of others’.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Vietnam War protests led to a lower voting age. The Parkland shooting could push similar reevaluations.
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Teens’ brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.
Votes for 16 protest in London, 2016.
The UK doesn’t have enough evidence to back votes for 16 and 17-year-olds.
As young Australians approach voting age they need simple, clear and practical instructions about the mechanics of how government works and how to vote.
Results from the latest report into civics and citizenship education show by the time students hit year ten, the majority of them have little knowledge about Australian civics and democracy.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.
Bill Shorten said politicians and government must find ways to re-engage a generation of young people.
There is a growing canyon now separating politics as understood and practiced by political authorities from the political practices of everyday people.
Bill Shorten has charged Sam Dastyari to recommend whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 or 17.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is promising a Labor government would reduce the voting age – at least to 17 and perhaps 16.
Hanging on his every word.
Research suggests young people are engaged in politics, they just don’t like the politicians.
Fixating on the voting age won’t fix the system.
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The case for lowering the voting age to 16 in the UK would appear to have been strengthened by the resonance of young people in the Scottish referendum. But excitement over this issue masks a deeper problem…
Alex Salmond wants this lot to vote not just in the referendum, but every election.
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One political scientist recently claimed that the evidence isn’t strong enough for lowering the voting age in Australia to 16. What are the arguments to the contrary?
Pressure is building in democracies around the world to lower the voting age to 16. For national elections, Brazil (in 1988), Austria (2007) and Argentina (2012) have led the way. For local elections…