Directed by David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer
“Officially endorsed by The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), this closed-captioned video is hosted by Emmy-winning political humorist Mo Rocca, who takes a road trip to explore voting in America. Topics addressed include Constitutional provisions on voting and voting rights; the origins and present-day impact of the Electoral College; voter ID laws; ballot design; inconsistencies among America’s 13,000 voting jurisdictions; and reforms that would make elections fairer and more uniform.”
The 36-minute Classroom Edition of the award-winning PBS documentary is accompanied by an extensive curriculum guide.
“This curriculum guide has three overarching goals: (1) to help students identify problems and challenges in America’s electoral system and explain the underlying reasons for these problems; (2) to encourage students to analyze and discuss policy options for addressing electoral problems; and (3) to motivate and provide opportunities for students to advocate for their positions on these issues. Particular elements of the curriculum have more speci c knowledge, skill, and civic-action objectives, but all of them tie back to these three key purposes.”
"Following successful screenings at both the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as part of the Impact Film Festival, Electoral Dysfunction had a limited theatrical release in the fall of 2012 and a national PBS broadcast prior to the 2012 election via presenting station WTTW. The film is directed by David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer,..."