Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Generation We

In our New Generation of Learning work, we’ve been talking about the rise of “Generation We.” And now comes an interesting manifesto—on YouTube of course—from a group of these folks. Notice the dialogue about education here and the aggressive connection they make between education and opportunity. Interesting!

3 comments:

Erin Murphy said...

Great post again! I'm really enjoying reading your "New Generation of Learning Work". Best of luck!

Matt Wicks said...

I watched this as I was watching election coverage. Something that has been pointed out several times and reported as "surprising" (I happen to be watching ABC) is that the youth vote (definted as 30 and younger) was about the same, to perhaps a little less than 4 years ago.

I don't intend this to take away from the video, but if the youth is going to be taken seriously froma political stand point they are going to have to show how they will actually impact elections.

Mark David Milliron said...

Matt, Great point. But check out this article from the Chronicle this morning:
http://chronicle.com/free/2008/11/6653n.htm?utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

Money quote:
"Over all, 68 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 cast their ballots for the Democrat, versus 30 percent who supported John McCain. That is by far the greatest share of the youth vote that any presidential candidate has received since exit polls began reporting results by age categories, in 1976, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, at Tufts University."

As the article notes, we won't get their total numbers until later today -- but in terms of the policies they're supporting, they certainly made their mark.