Cross posting this from our friends at Green Comma.
The first of the 2012 US Presidential Debates start today, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. They are historic for two reasons:
- These elections will determine the course of the US economy, its role in world affairs, how social services are made available to the citizenry, and what the role of government should be in United States of the 21st century.
- These debates will be broadcast on more platforms and will be accessible to more people around the globe than at any time in world history.
How about a little debate history:
- The first senatorial debate was between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858, without a moderator and lasted for over three hours.
- The first radio broadcast of a Presidential debate was in 1948 between Thomas Dewey and Harold Stassen.
- In 1960, the Nixon-Kennedy debate went into the history books not only as the first televised Presidential debate but also for what it revealed about a candidate’s physical presence in front of a camera that got closer to the candidate, literally, than the majority of the voters.
Today, we provide a few fact-checking tools for you to use as you follow the debates. This ability to monitor and access information in real-time is part of the social media world we live in.
Be informed. Vote smart.
We also we provide you with two links to the debates themselves and to an app that provides you, your children and your students with information for the entire election process.
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and of course, check out the election resources on Maps101. Your trusted source for classroom resources.