2020 Election

This is not your normal unit. We are in the middle of a historic election. In less than 48 hours we will likely know who our new city councilors, school board members, and AC transit board members are and we may know who is the next president is (probably not!). Let’s be honest: we are living in polarized times and our institutions are being strained. One such institution is the Electoral College. Mostly, I just want you to watch the election closely, vote, and reflect. We’re going to do that while thinking about the electoral college.40 point assignment – Due by Sunday evening 11:59PM November 8thBACKGROUND WORK: MONDAY AND TUESDAY – Prepare to settle in and engage in the presidential election in a very academic way!!Step 1: Read the Article: “How Does the Electoral College Work and Why Does It Matter?” by Allyson Waller (PDF VERSION)Step 2: On election night and the ensuing days – track the coverage as states are declared for Trump or for Biden as they both race to 270.Step 3: Do pro/con research (feel free to go beyond this – NY Times conveniently did a nice little pro/con sampling of articles back in 2019 – here are 4 of them (2 for and 2 against the Electoral College)A Case for the Electoral College (PDF Version)What the Electoral College Saves Us From (PDF Version)The Electoral College Is the Greatest Threat to Our Democracy (PDF Version)Should the Electoral College Be Eliminated? 15 States Are Trying to Make It Obsolete (PDF Version)The Written Product1 page: Reflection/journaling: what did you hear/see over the last week? How are you doing? What are you feeling? What personal insights or takeaways do you have over the last week?2-3 page mini-essay: Thinking about what you read and what you witnessed in this election (and prior ones too), Should the Electoral College remain, be reformed, or be disbanded in favor of the popular vote? Explain your position using evidence from the articles, further research, and, when relevant, your observations from this week’s election.

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