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Spring 2002


American democracy is threatened by an accelerating trend of disengagement from the fundamental responsibilities of citizenship.This disengagement is growing in all segments of society but is most pronounced in youth and young adults which makes it even more troubling. Many thoughtful educators argue persuasively that high quality service-learning can and should become a resource for tackling this problem, that it can stimulate youth to become active democratic citizens.They are, in my judgment, correct, but navigating the shoals of civic education with service-learning is difficult.