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Many different factors influence views

I do not think that it is right to generalize about young people. In fact, their values differ according to social class, sex, ethnic group and so on. Even though the years from ages 16-22 is a time when much is changing – perceptions, views, beliefs and values. Children who suffer from social isolation are trying to break down the walls but don’t always succeed. How can one codify views when one is dealing with a young person at night school on one hand and, on the other, one who attends a good school in the city center? I would not rush to call young people conservative. Society as a whole is becoming more conservative. What does that mean, anyway? For example, many call students who don’t attend demonstrations but who are interested and are well-read conservative. I would not say that, particularly with the ease that some people do. * Yiannis Sakellis is a professor at Panteion University and director of the Social Policy Institute, National Center for Social Research.