Welcome to Election Connection – #3!
INCORPORATING ELECTION ISSUES INTO THE CLASSROOM
Did you know that the U.S. is one of few countries with a two-party system? While there are actually many political parties that exist in the U.S., we have what is called a two-party system because our political system is such that only two parties have a realistic opportunity to compete effectively for control of the government.
Attached are simple PowerPoint slides of the two major political parties in the U.S.: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party (also known as the G.O.P. or “Grand Ole Party”). For a quick video on the two parties, here’s a link to My Citizen U – “Cram for the Exam” segment on Political Parties(5:21 minutes).
As we are nearing general election day on Tuesday, November 6, there is increased coverage in the media about two proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments:
Amendment 1 – Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman
Amendment 2 – Photo Identification Required for Voting
Attached to this e-mail are simple versions of the arguments for and against each amendment proposal. Allowing your students to review both sides of the issue will help develop their critical thinking skills in deciding whether to vote “yes” or “no” on each proposed amendment. You can also visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website on the Constitutional Amendments and the 2012 General Elections.
Recently, on September 23, CBS News aired two separate interviews on “60 Minutes” with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. As described by CBS News, “the president and his challenger answered questions on topics of critical interest to American voters – including the economy and jobs, healthcare, national security and the federal budget. Here is the link to the script and video segments from 60 Minutes – Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney.
Debate Watch – MCTC will be hosting live screenings of the Presidential debates, which are scheduled for Wed, Oct. 3; Thu, Oct 11; Tue, Oct 16; and Mon, Oct 22. Attached for your reference is an information flyer for the first presidential debate on Wed, Oct 3.
Library Display – The MCTC Library will feature an election display in the front of the library during the month of October. Featured will be election-related books and posterboards, as well as information on upcoming Debate Watch sessions.
Register to Vote – We had an excellent showing on National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, with over 75 voter registration forms completed! If anyone still needs to register to vote, forms will be available in the MCTC library as well as the MCTC Student Senate office in H.2911. (NOTE: Save a stamp – return completed forms to the Student Senate office in H.2911 and your form will be added to the Student Senate goal of registering 500 new voters this election season!)
JUST A THOUGHT…
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Faculty, Political Science
Minneapolis Community & Technical College