Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What's the data behind the Occupy Movement? Discussion Questions



The richest 1% in America own what fraction of its net worth?
How many millionaires are there in the United States?
How many billionaires are there in the United States?
Who are the three wealthiest individuals in the United States?
What was the average yearly income in 2010?
Where is most of the average American's wealth invested?
Where is most of the richest 1% of American's wealth invested?
Today, how many Americans are at or below the poverty line?
How many Americans do not have health insurance?
What is the current minimum wage in America?
What does it mean to be "food insecure"?

Occupy Legoland




Monday, November 14, 2011

Toolbox for Change


Toolbox for Change Activity:


Toolbox for change: Everyone will receive a photocopy of a toolbox. Fill your toolboxes with "tools" for change (things used by Civil Rights leaders in their struggle for civil rights). We will brainstorm a list of five things as a class. Each individual must come up with ten additional "tools". You will need to find pictures of these things (or pictures of things that symbolize your "tools"), or words from magazines. Cut out your pictures/words and glue them in your "toolbox". Write a brief explanation of why you selected each tool on the back of your "toolbox".

For extra credit, use google images to find pictures of famous Civil Rights activists. Print, cut, and paste the pictures in the margins of your poster.

My letter to the editor...

My letter to the editor (domestic violence awareness):
http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/news/opinion/letter-raising-awareness-of-domestic-violence-supporting-victims-are-ways/article_cd0a987c-0b0c-11e1-9be8-001cc4c03286.html

Sunday, November 13, 2011

World Studies Assignment (Examining Poverty and Health Care)



1.  Spend 10 minutes playing this budget simulation "game". Write a paragraph reflection of your experience.
http://www.playspent.org/


Causes of Poverty
Spend a few minutes looking over the results of this npr online poll on public attitudes about poverty:
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/poll/poverty/


2.  When was this online poll conducted? (Hint: look at the copyright at the bottom of the page.)


3.  Why do you think it is important to know when the poll was conducted?


4.  Do you think public attitudes about poverty have changed since this poll was conducted? Why or why not?


5.  According to the results of this poll, what do most Americans perceive as the causes of poverty?


6.  According to the results of the poll, how do black and white Americans differ in their perceptions of poverty. Four examples are given. Please list two of them (include percentages).

Later, you may participate in this online poll:

Food Stamp Usage Across the United States on the Rise (Discussion Questions)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-foodstamps.html

7.  Find Crawford, Iowa, Richland, and Sauk counties in Wisconsin. What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in these counties? 

8.  Of these four counties, which county has the highest percentage of children on food assistance?

9. Still looking in Wisconsin, find the county with the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance. What county is it?

10.  What county and state has the highest percentage of people receiving food assistance?

11.  What county and state has the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance?


Read the full story here (not required):
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html

Make your voice heard here (not required):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

Spend some time comparing medical bills by country:

12.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system the United States has (system type).


13.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system Great Britain has (system type).

14.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system Japan has (system type).

List two notable features and two challenges for the health care systems in:
15.  United States
16.  Great Britain
17.  Germany
18.  Japan

19.  Which system do you find most appealing? 
20. Why?


Learn more about health care systems around the world (not required):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8201711.stm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Distribution of Wealth in America (Infographics)


New York Times Multimedia:

Charts/Graphs Income Inequality

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph

Poverty in America





http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57317400/1-in-15-americans-now-rank-as-poorest-poor/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

Bill of Rights Hunt

Time Magazine Special Coverage:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2080345,00.html

Best and Worst Places for Babies

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/multimedia/babies/12.html

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Who is the most "free"?

Go to the Freedom House FAQ Page:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=265
1. What is Freedom House?
2. List three things Freedom House does.
3. Freedom House measures two types of freedom. What are they?

Now go to the 2011 Freedom Around the World report:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=594
First look at the map of the Americas.
http://www.freedomhouse.org/images/File/fiw/FIW2011_AmericasMap_1st%20draft.pdf

4. How free is the United States?
5. How free is Mexico?
6. How free is Cuba?

Now look at the map of North Africa/Middle East
http://www.freedomhouse.org/images/File/fiw/FIW2011_MENA_Map_1st%20draft.pdf
7. Find one country identified as "free."
8. How many countries on this map have been identified as partly-free?
9. How many countries on this map have been identified as not-free?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quotes about Poverty

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
Frederick Douglass


“The mother of revolution and crime is poverty”
Aristotle

“If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.”

― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath: The Play

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”



― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Extreme Poverty in America on the Rise

Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/increase-in-extreme-poverty_n_1072505.html


Share your perspective on the the state of the economy (online activity):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

Food Stamp Usage Across the United States on the Rise (Discussion Questions)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-foodstamps.html

Find Crawford, Iowa, Richland, and Sauk counties in Wisconsin.
What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in these counties? Of these four counties, which county has the highest percentage of children on food assistance?
Staying in Wisconsin, find the county with the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance. What county is it?

What county and state has the highest percentage of people receiving food assistance?
What county and state has the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance?

According to the headline, what percentage of people are receiving food assistance in the United States? What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in the United States?
Read the full story here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html

Make your voice heard here:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

World Studies Demographics Research Project (World Religion)

World Religions:

science education
Source:LiveScience

What are the four largest religions in the world?
What percentage of Christians are Catholic?
What is the second largest Christian sect?
What percentage of the world identify themselves as atheist?
What percentage of the the world consider themselves "non-religious"?
What are the four largest religions in the United States?
What is the largest Christian sect in the United States?
What percentage of Americans identify as Mormon?


CIA Factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html