As we prepare for a test on the Constitution unit, I wanted to share a map that I stumbled upon upon about a year ago. It is the work of Neil Freeman, Artist and Urban Planner. His blog titled Fake Is The New Real contains the entire blog post on electoral college reform. The map below shows our nation carved up into 50 states with equal population. While Mr. Freedman admits this is not a serious proposal, I find it incredibly interesting.
If we were were to redraw the borders in this fashion, we would not have to worry about one person's vote being worth less than another person's. As I have pointed out before, our current system makes our vote in Vermont more powerful than a vote in California. The issues caused by winner - take - all in the current electoral configuration would also be solved. Of course we would need to adjust these borders every few years for this new system to work. Perhaps going with the popular vote would be the most effective electoral college reform?
This year our 7/8 Schedule features a new class called applied core. The idea behind this time is to give students new ways to explore content and create new projects. My most recent Applied Core class was called Telling Stories of the Past. The students researched and produced four short videos that are connected to their community, past and present. Check out the videos below.
8th Grade Social Studies
Student and Teacher posts about what is happening in class and in the world