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Why Students Need to Be Informed about Our Looming Fiscal Crisis: The America's Future Initiative

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 April 2010

Andrew L. Yarrow
Public Agenda and American University
Cecilia M. Orphan
American Democracy Project, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


Despite nearly universal concern about America's rapidly rising national debt, the United States government was $12.5 trillion in debt by the spring of 2010. Yet, few people—including college and university students—understand why we are in debt, what the many effects and dangers could be, the difficult steps necessary to reduce our deficits and debt, and the critical importance of bipartisanship and compromise. Given that young people are the nation's future and knowledge is power, what better place to raise awareness and stimulate discussion than on college campuses?

The Teacher Symposium
Copyright © American Political Science Association 2010

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