The Death of "Why?": The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy

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  • Copyright: 7/1/2009
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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Trends among today's youth suggest a serious deficiency in the ability to ask questions, which is a crucial skill. The number of young people who follow current events is at an all-time low. About a third of those younger than 25 (34%) say they get no news on a typical day, up from 25% in 1998. Online social networking sites make it easy for young people to be connected but not engaged. This technology can be harnessed to create an informed citizenry that participates in its democratic processes -- if we recognize its potential and act accordingly. The future is a moving target, and it will require a populace that can tackle tomorrow's challenges with critical, thoughtful engagement. In this book, Batista Schlesinger offers both a penetrating socio-cultural critique of our current path and a way forward for cultivating inquiry among our youngest generation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Questions and Powerp. 1
Culture: Questions or Answers?p. 11
Inquiry Is Risky, Resilience Is the Reward, and Other Lessons from Childhoodp. 19
Ideological Segregation by Click and by Cliquep. 26
Consuming Opinionp. 43
In Google We Trustp. 57
Schools: Citizens or Consumers?p. 75
The Three Rs and a Whyp. 85
No Piggy Bank Left Behindp. 103
Questioning the System, or Beating It?p. 119
The Marxist, Anti-American Conspiracy to Convert Young People to Engaged Citizenshipp. 135
Politics: Engaged or Connected?p. 147
Black and White and Dead All Overp. 155
Who's Afraid of Virginia Youth?p. 173
Lights, Camera, Debate!p. 190
Conclusion: A Call for Slow Democracyp. 206
Notesp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 244
Indexp. 247
About the Authorp. 253
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