Teaching the 2020 US Presidential Election


How concerned do you think we should we be about the integrity of the 2020 election? What problems worry you most? What should be done to address them?

  •  Read this article. Nytimes.
  • In groups of 3-4 decide om some key points you would like to study.
  • Watch the video found below and the text above it.
  • Start a joint document where you include the facts you would like to work on and the questions you have
  • Use the information you found and write an article on your blog.

The right to vote is the bedrock of American democracy. But in 2020, our electoral system has been called into question by Republicans and Democrats alike — though they disagree about where the problem lies.

[The clash over voting rights] has been vastly complicated this year by the challenge of holding a national election in the middle of a deadly pandemic, with a greater reliance on mail-in voting that could prolong the counting in a way that turns Election Day into Election Week or Election Month. And the atmosphere has been inflamed by a president who is already using words like “coup,” “fraud” and “corrupt” to delegitimize the vote even before it happens.

The battle is playing out on two tracks: defining the rules about how the voting will take place, and preparing for fights over how the votes should be counted and contesting the outcome.

Watch the video below.

Students 13 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 and older elsewhere, are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

Scroll to the end of this page and respond to some of the comments, remember the rules of behavior online. Share your replies and thoughts on your blog.

  • When responding, students should not only post their own comments, but should also read and respond to the work of others.
  • All submissions must follow Times commenting standards.
  • Students should try to advance the conversation about an issue somehow, whether introducing a new idea or perspective, asking useful questions, making connections to other issues, reflecting back to the writer what you understand about his or her post, finding themes or commonalities among comments, presenting new evidence, or anything else.
  • Submissions should be grounded in fact and buttressed by reliable sources. Though you don’t need to footnote your comments sentence by sentence, at a time when the reliability of news is more in question than ever, we will reject comments that post controversial claims without sources.
  • Submissions should show evidence of “listening” and attempting to understand other points of view.

 

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