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The Midterm Elections in the Classroom: Why They Matter, and How Teachers Are Preparing

The midterm elections can be easy to overlook from a curriculum perspective. They’re not as frenzied as presidential elections. Voter turnout tends to go down.

Even for teachers committed to addressing the topic in class, there can be practical restraints: The AP U.S. Government course  outline, for instance, starts with the foundations of democracy, while reserving political participation and American political ideologies and beliefs for the end of the course. That means that those teachers who want to address elections by November have to switch the order of the units around, or otherwise be creative to fit them in.