The clock was turned back when an American government class had teens study the 2000 American presidential election.
The contentious debate is again being carried out in real time, and Steve Cwodzinski, the American government teacher at Eden Prairie High School, couldnt be happier. Students are reliving the Florida recounts, court motions, and partisan allegations.
Recently, he asked students if they had wanted to be in the course during the first quarter so they could discuss the election. However, the issues surrounding the 2000 election spilled into the second quarter, engaging students in the historical cliffhanger.
Partisanship definitely plays a part in this debate. Some students have gone as far as to call the other party “evil”. Nineteen students consider themselves Democrats, seven are Republicans, and one is Independent.
The Electoral College also features prominently in the debate, and students have said that the popular vote followed the Electoral College. However, the electors could vote independently. And then, there’s the matter of the Florida recount.