Inequality

May 19, 2018
  Gathering What is the racial makeup of your neighborhood?       Introduction Write this fact on the board: Black families have less than one-tenth the wealth of white families in the U.S…
January 28, 2018
To the Teacher:   Feminism was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017.  The dictionary’s definition of feminism is twofold: 1. “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of…
May 16, 2016
To the Teacher: Please carefully review the lesson in advance, consider the topic, and assess your students’ readiness to engage in a discussion of this issue.  These guidelines for discussing…
April 10, 2016
Quick Quiz Question: Which "papers" have recently been in the news? 1) Pickwick Papers 2) Pentagon Papers 3) Panama Papers 4) Federalist Papers   Answer:  3) Ask volunteers to read the…
March 22, 2013
To the teacher:  This activity has your class divide up into groups of five or six.  Each of these groups will need: 1) Five sheets of paper, each a different color, ideally dark blue, light blue/…
July 23, 2011
To the Teacher: Economic hardship continues for millions of Americans. The first student reading below includes portraits of four struggling Americans as well as an alarming report on hunger from…
July 23, 2011
To the Teacher: Every day we see new signs of the economic crisis into which America has plunged. How will President-Elect Obama handle it? The first student reading below provides a brief report on…
November 3, 2010
By Alan Shapiro     To the Teacher:   This is a time when millions of Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up trying to be employed. Millions more are "underwater,"— foreclosed…
December 2, 2009
To the Teacher: Although the recession may be over officially, tens of millions of Americans continue to suffer its effects, including rising joblessness and poverty, and what the government calls "…
September 17, 2008
To the Teacher As Election Day approaches, the economy has risen to the top of voter concerns. The reasons are evident: an economic downturn, a rising unemployment and poverty rate, home…