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Adults' Ability to Run the Government Earns a C- from Teens

7/5/2007:   Adults received a disappointing report card from the nation's youth last month when CWLA and UCAN of Chicago released the ninth annual UCAN Teen Report Card. The grades indicate teens nationwide are concerned about government actions, the political process, and adult voting patterns. Adults' ability to run the government, in particular, earned a C-, the lowest grade in the survey.

The Teen Report Card also revealed that teens continue to show concern about keeping schools safe from violence and crime and protecting kids from gun violence. More than 1,000 American teens, ages 12-19, participated in the survey. They graded parents, teachers, politicians, and other adults for how they affect their lives by using grades "A" through "F." The study evaluates the day-to-day performance of all adults in important areas like honesty, leadership, and safety and provides an outlet for teens to turn the tables and provide grades to the individuals who are traditionally grading them.

A full copy of the UCAN Teen Report Card, including all grades and ancillary materials and a teen/adult discussion guide, are available online.

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