C-SPAN: The Electoral College
The last post centered on the Electoral College. This post expands on that topic, offering a follow-up lesson. As stated, the Electoral College is often seen as antiquated and is rarely understood by the general public. The previous post centered on a PBS lesson was beneficial for introducing the subject to students. C-SPAN has a lesson that can build on the basics of the PBS lesson, as teachers strive to educate students on the topic.
This C-SPAN lesson is advantageous for many reasons. First, it utilizes C-SPAN videos of previous inaugurations and debates over the utility of the Electoral College. Second, it challenges students to think on a deeper level than the PBS lesson. Lastly, it delves deeper into the Constitution than the PBS lesson and it has the student analyze Hamilton’s Federalist 68. Taken as a second step, with the PBS lesson being the first, students that have also engaged in this C-SPAN lesson will be much better prepared to not only understand what the Electoral College is and how it works, but also to critically analyze its benefits and drawbacks.