The Myth of George Bush

Part of the challenge of George W. Bush’s administration is the temptation to blame it for all the ways young people in America are screwed with today. Poor youth? Bush. Youth violence? Bush. Pregnant teens, dropouts, youth homelessness, teen job rates… Bush. However, as Henry Girioux points out in his most recent article, the devious undermining of the health of democracy, civil rights and the public good in the US has been going on over the past several administrations. And despite our desire for change, the reality is that Barack Obama will most likely make those problems worse, not better.

Read Giroux’s article, called “Disposable Youth in a Suspect Society: A Challenge for the Obama Administration,” for the details. We have a battle to keep fighting, and just because there is great hope and promises of change doesn’t make that fight any easier. Worse still, it might actually become harder.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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