The Problem: American Democracy Is In Decline

The Solution: A Comprehensive Civic Learning and Engagement Intervention Beginning in Middle School

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  • A 2016 study published in the Journal of Democracy showed that among American millennials there is great indifference about the importance of living in a democracy with only around 30% of respondents according it “maximal importance”. That same study disclosed that in 1995, just one in sixteen of the individuals surveyed thought it would be “good” or “very good” for the “army” to rule the country as opposed to one in six in this survey cohort.
  • A national poll in the summer of 2013 showed that a mere 30% of the American public could accurately name the parties controlling each chamber of Congress at that time. Another national poll in 2006 showed that only 24% could name at least two of the nine Supreme Court justices as compared to 77% who could name at least two of Snow White’s seven dwarfs.

Frank Islam is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Ed Crego is a management consultant. Both are leaders of the 21st century citizenship movement.