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H. RES. 661
Supporting youth civic literacy in the United States.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 28, 2000
Mr. Conyers (for himself, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. Rush, Mr. Kildee, Mr.
Owens, Mr. Andrews, Ms. Rivers, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Payne, Mr. Romero-
Barcelo, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Sanchez, Mr. George Miller of
California, Mr. Filner, Mr. Bonior, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Greenwood, Mr.
Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Meehan,
and Mr. Hinchey) submitted the following resolution; which was referred
to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
Supporting youth civic literacy in the United States.
Whereas the issue of youth participation in the democratic process and learning
the necessary knowledge and skills to function within the United States'
democratic system has been recognized as a major crisis area by
representatives and elected officials, and by the leaders of educational
institutions and civic organizations, across the Nation;
Whereas less than 20 percent Americans between 18 and 20 years old voted in
1998, including less than 11 percent of those 18 and 19 years old;
Whereas the absence of obvious forums for self-expression are an important
contributor to the serious lack of knowledge and interest exhibited by
the American populace in issues of politics, civic participation, and
Whereas more than 75 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years old believe
that their generation has an important voice, but that no one seems to
Whereas the concept of civic literacy addresses the absence of methods and
forums for self-expression and enables citizens to create a peaceful and
effective society, through the use of discussion, debate, conflict
resolution, and mutual respect and tolerance;
Whereas 88 percent of Americans 18 and 19 years old believe that voting in
elections is an effective way to make change;
Whereas the educational leaders in many of our cities, counties, and States have
begun to implement measures to deal with this crisis by acknowledging
that civic education should play an integral role in all curricula; and
Whereas there are many projects in United States primary and secondary schools,
colleges and universities, cities, counties, States, and elsewhere
throughout the Nation that address the lack of civic participation in
the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) supports youth civic literacy in the United States; and
(2) urges United States educational institutions, students,
teachers, elected officials, community leaders, and other
interested parties to participate in local and national youth
civic education projects.
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