Young adults are losing faith in American Democracy and have difficulty distinguishing between "fake news" and reliable news. That's according to a new research paper out from Tufts University. The solution? Support civic learning programs in K-12 education at the state and local level, the researchers argue.
"We know that if you study civics in high school you are more likely to be an informed voter," says Peter Levine, co-author of the paper and an associate dean for research at Tufts.
The paper is part of an effort to re-invigorate civics classes in schools across the country. It was presented at a summit in Washington D.C. that was attended by foundations, nonprofits, researchers, and universities.