Classroom Edition Now Available Online and on DVD!

We’re pleased to announce that Electoral Dysfunction is now available at no charge for use in middle school and high school classes. The 36-minute Classroom Edition of the award-winning PBS documentary is accompanied by an extensive curriculum guide.

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.


» To download the Curriculum Guide, click here.

View the Classroom Edition below, or click here to download it for offline viewing.

Electoral Dysfunction: Classroom Edition from Electoral Dysfunction on Vimeo.

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What Educators Are Saying about the Classroom Edition

• “Extremely enlightening… every American — and every student — should see this film!” —Michelle Herczog, Former President of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

• “I have been teaching Government for years, and Electoral Dysfunction is the first and only resource that has enabled my students to understand the complexity of the electoral process. It sparks great debate and discussion!” —Daniel DuFour, Social Studies Chair at Bayside Community Day School, Moreno Valley, California

• “The video and guide do a superb job of presenting complex information in a way that enables students to make informed decisions about how they will engage in the political process. An exceptional resource!” —Melissa Evon, 7th Grade Civics Teacher at Elgin Middle School, Elgin, Oklahoma

What Students Are Saying

• “I would definitely recommend this film to classes that are studying voting in America. It’s very informative and amusing. No parts were confusing or boring.”

• “I got a new perspective on our country’s voting system. The film increased my awareness of the current state of our system and also increased my passion to change it to make things fairer.”

• “Great use of humor. I also liked that the film brings up both sides of political issues.”

• “This film really inspired me to get involved in the political process.”

Award News

The producers of Electoral Dysfunction are excited to announce that the Classroom Edition is a finalist in two award competitions:

The REVERE Awards, now in its 50th year, which identify and honor high-quality resources that educate learners of all ages, in all media and in all educational environments. The Classroom Edition is one of two finalists in the Social Sciences/History category; and

The CINE Awards, which since 1957 have honored and championed creators of exceptional media content. Here are comments from one of the CINE judges:

What are the strengths of this production?
Where do I begin? Fantastic delivery of a very dry topic. Yet the information is so necessary to our young voters. This is a prime example of how through humor, graphics, intelligent writing, and great narration, you can educate all of us, not just children. Outstanding film!

Special thanks to the following funders for their generous support of our education and outreach efforts: Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The Lynne Tennenbaum Trust; and The Agnes Varis Trust.