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‘Youthquake’ needs more politics in school classrooms

A lower than expected youth turnout for New Zealand’s election suggests that schools must find ways to improve “political literacy”, a leading education academic says.

Victoria University of Wellington education lecturer Mike Taylor said  “civics education is too important to be left to chance” when designing a curriculum.

In an editorial responding to the 23 September general election, Taylor said schools must offer “a more substantive” approach to developing political knowledge and engagement.

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