Electoral college: What is it, and is it really the best system? A shock election victory for political outsider Donald Trump means people worldwide are wondering how it came to happen. Here is a run-down of the US Electoral College voting system and why it matters so much. How does the Electoral College system work? The US president is not directly chosen by voters, but by ‘electors’ that people in a state vote for. The more people in a state, the more electors an area has. For example, Texas has a population of 25 million and is afforded 38 Electoral College votes, while Delaware has a population of 936,000 and has only three votes.
How the Electoral College Works" Do you remember voting for the president in a mock election in elementary school or junior high? Maybe you selected your candidate at random because you didn't really know the difference between the two (or care). Well, now you're older and wiser and know that who you vote for does make a difference. Or does it? Take the Electoral College, for instance. Every four years, on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, millions of U.S. citizens go to local voting booths to cast a vote for the next president and vice president of their country.
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Revitalizing Civic Learning in Our Schools Approved by the NCSS Board of Directors 2013 Introduction As Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, John Dewey and other great educators understood, public schools do not serve a public so much as create a public.1* The goal of schooling, therefore, is not merely preparation for citizenship, but citizenship itself; to equip a citizenry with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for active and engaged civic life. The National Council for the Social Studies firmly agrees with this premise and believes that no other subject area is better suited to achieve this essential goal in schools than the social studies. Intended Audience
What Is The Electoral College And Why Does The United States Use It? Here's a little information that Americans have usually been able to ignore. It's about the Electoral College, a uniquely American institution that's been with us from the beginning and that's occasionally given us fits. Typically, the Electoral College meets and does its thing a month or so after the election, and few people even notice or care.
The Electoral College - Origin and History by William C. Kimberling, Deputy Director FEC National Clearinghouse on Election Administration In order to appreciate the reasons for the Electoral College, it is essential to understand its historical context and the problem that the Founding Fathers were trying to solve. They faced the difficult question of how to elect a president in a nation that: Debate, Decide, 2012: The IDEA Guide to the US Presidential Election The IDEA Guide to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates is available as a free eBook here. Please click the picture to begin your download. Devising Real-World Activities for Adolescent History Students A MiddleWeb Blog Every year, at least half a dozen students ask me some variation of the following question: “Why do we need to take history? How am I going to use this in real life?” It is a question any good history teacher can answer, but often not to the satisfaction of the adolescent mind. An educated adult can see the value in studying the patterns of human behavior in history and understanding the origins of our various social systems. The average middle school student is concerned with events within a time-space radius of ten minutes and ten feet in any direction.
2016 Presidential Election “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt Charlotte in 2012 Election Printables Ask the Candidate Have students complete a graphic organizer. Download this Printable (PDF)