How Obama Got Elected [VIDEO] General by Joel Wagner - November 18, 2008July 1, 20109 If nothing else, this is a thought-provoking video. Perhaps a bit off-topic, in fact, I’m not even posting this to raise a political conversation. However, I would be interested in hearing from some of the social studies teachers out there. What kinds of things have you done to help your students overcome the ignorance of facts that these twelve interviewees demonstrate? UPDATE 11-30-08 Great comments so far. As I said, this was not presented as a political commentary, but rather a springboard for discussion on teaching critical-thinking and research skills in a social studies context. I want to be fair and provide this link to Flunking the Electoral College for further look (and perhaps a bit less biased study). Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.