Can youth engagement save democracy?

In this lively debate at the Battle of Ideas the Liberal MP Lynne Featherstone says ‘we are lazy’ and like to vote from the couch for pop idol not in a polling booth. Dr Tony Breslin, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, argues for a citizen rich curriculum and teacher Kevin Rooney emphasizes the role young people have played in leading political change from the Bolshevik revolution to Tiananmen Square to voting en masse for Obama. Schools he argues are not the place to make up for the political failure of a disconnected elite.