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Disputing Democracy

– Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections –
5 Resources for K-12 Education

“…the vicious arts by which elections are too often carried…”

The Federalist Papers, #10

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:

Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to the great, contentious presidential elections in U.S. history.

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters,”    wrote Abraham Lincoln. Today, social studies classes are often current events centric in ways that pull schoolchildren into political discussions well before providing them the appropriate historical background knowledge, or the basic civic vocabulary of our democracy. As decades of NAEP civics results reveal, our K-12 education system is not successful teaching students about the history of U.S. elections, so we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren, including:


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