Teach the Election: Examining Presidential Debates

The first presidential debate for the 2012 election is coming up on Wednesday at 6 p.m. here on the West Coast. Hopefully, teachers across America will suggest that students watch the first matchup between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

In history and government classes at my high school during the 2004 election, our teachers required us to tune in and watch the showdown between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. We had to take notes and then form groups in the next day’s class to discuss what we’d seen. For students on the cusp of legal age, this kind of learning activity was valuable to not only us, but our teachers as well.

The editor of the New York Times Book Review Sam Tanenhaus presents some memorable moments from the last 50 years of presidential medicine cialis debates. From an educational standpoint, I can see how this brief look into what has become an election staple can inspire students to learn more about the democratic process and how the http://generic-cialis4health.com/ nation chooses its president. Tanenhaus keeps his examination bi-partisan, offering

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moments when Republicans outshined their Democratic opponents or when Democrats outspoke their Republican counterparts.

From the cool and collected John F. Kennedy who soundly defeated the tight-lipped Richard Nixon to George W. Bush’ charismatic opposition to Al Gore, this video examines the influence that televised debates have on national opinion and voter turnout.

For other resources for teaching the 2012 election, check out our list here and also view Rand McNally’s interactive web game.