Electoral Dysfunction: Colored Pencils and Markers
Social Studies → United States Constitution → Electoral College
This clip describes the Electoral College and the history behind its creation. Mo Rocca demonstrates the electoral college system in a 3rd grade classroom by having students vote for either colored pencils or markers. Students cast their vote for the winner, and markers win the popular vote. Mo Rocca then splits the class into 5 groups, or states, to cast the electoral votes.
Public Discussion Questions
Where did the idea of the electoral college come from?
How do the third graders react to the popular vote?
How do the third graders react to the electoral voting system?