High School

A Historic Tax Bill Moves through Congress

To the Teacher:  

Ask students to read the following summary of the 2017 Republican tax bill and the controversy over it. (A pdf version of the reading is here.)  Afterwards, ask students for any questions they have about the reading, and engage them in discussion using the questions below. Consider continuing the discussion as you follow the progress of the bill in the coming weeks.

 


 

Congress is poised to enact a tax law of historic proportions.

A Global Challenge: 'Climate Refugees'

 

Gathering 
 

Ask students:

•    What do you think it means to be a refugee? 
•    What kinds of events cause people to search for safety far from home?
•    Can you think of any examples? 
 
 


 
 

Cultivating Compassion for Puerto Rico's 'Climate Refugees'

Gathering


In pairs, ask students to share something that makes them feel “at home.”  Ask a few volunteers to share with the full group.

 



Check Agenda and Objectives


Explain that in today’s lesson we’ll be hearing stories from people who left Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017. 

Opioids: America’s New Drug Epidemic

To the Teacher
 

America is in the grips of a nationwide epidemic. Currently, nearly 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to opioids—drugs that work on the opioid receptors in the brain to produce feelings of euphoria and extreme relaxation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 people die every day from opioid overdoses. The scale of the crisis—which cuts across class, race, age, and geographic boundaries—has led politicians on both sides of the aisle to recognize the need for immediate action.

Are you worried about your internet privacy?

 

Quiz
 

1. Who is most likely to have had someone else using their Social Security number?

a)  children

b)  adults

c)  undocumented immigrants

 

2. What percentage of internet users got this True or False question wrong? "When a company posts a privacy policy, it ensures that the company keeps confidential all the information it collects on users."

a) 92%

b) 29%

c)  52%

d)  10%

Why Pay Taxes? And Who Benefits from “Tax Reform”?

 

Tax Reform & Wealth Inequality

Student Reading
Tax Reform & Wealth Inequality 


In the coming weeks or months, President Trump and Congressional Republicans hope to push through a major tax reform bill that would dramatically cut taxes, especially for corporations and the wealthy, reducing funds that would be available for programs that support middle- and low-income Americans. 

Environments that encourage harassment - and how to change them

To the Teacher:

The  news about Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused of harassing and assaulting women over many years, raises important issues for young people to consider.
 

Confronting the Threat of Nuclear War

To the Teacher
 

Harvey Weinstein & the Culture of Silence

 

To the Teacher:
 

The  news about Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused of harassing and assaulting women over many years, raises important issues for young people to consider.

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