Welcome

Hey everyone,

I hope you have had a great summer and are ready for an outstanding school year. I am glad to have you in my class. I hope you will find it interesting and challenging.

Thanks for using my website.

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Have great summer!

No more bonus blogs for the year. Study for your exams and then enjoy your break.

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World Water Crisis

Some have stated that water is the next great resource that nations will fight to the death over. Some have recognized the water crisis that effects poor communities around the world, while some have challenged the policies that threaten rights to clean, cheap, public water. Watch the videos below then comment on this most fundamental need.

charity: water

one global

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Wage Disparity

As a result of our class discussions of women in the workplace, affirmative action policies, union membership, and education inflation, I thought of one more “in the news” topic that would be good to explore – wage gaps between the richest and poorest workers in America. Take a look at the links below then comment on this critical conversation.

New York Times

Pew Research Center

CNN Money

PBS Newshour

NPR

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And the Race Begins…

…in Iowa!? Why there? Then to New Hampshire? and South Carolina? This is crazy. When does Ohio get to decide? Why does DC wait until the middle of June? Will it even matter by then? Use this blog to discuss predictions, favorites, outcomes, and surprises about this year’s unique presidential election season.

Election Schedule

Washington Week

Newshour

Student Daily News

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Starting Fresh

As we begin a new semester, I hope you all will find the learning rich and your experience to be exciting. If you wish, take a moment to share your thoughts about school, the news, government, and/or economics. It would be fun for all my classes to share their concerns and hope for this Spring.

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New Year Resolutions

Feel free to share the things that you would like to improve in your life during the upcoming year. Why did you choose it? What will it take to succeed? What will be the toughest part to change? Please refrain from items that are too personal, but focus more on school-related conversation.

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Tough Times, Tough Talk

The news is filled with mass shootings, terrorism, climate change, refugees, immigration, and police brutality. Search a news editorial about one of these topics, share it, and comment on why you think the author is correct or incorrect about these difficult problems we face as country and world.

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Thanksgiving Table Conversation

The folks at NPR, StoryCorps, the Library of Congress, and others have created an app to encourage young people to speak with their elders about the wisdom they have accumulated over their many years, record it, and send it to the national archives. If you are willing to have the conversation and summarize any of it here, I will award some bonus for it. If you are willing to follow through with the StoryCorp app, I will award more points.

The Great Listen

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Equality in the Workplace

This week in Economics the students are discussing affirmative action policies, opportunities for women, and the role of unions. Please consider any or all of these dynamics between labor and management. Use the links below or anything from class to start the discussion. If there is any link that you believe adds to the conversation please share it as well.

Also, those who are interested in the Stop the Hate essay contest from the Maltz Museum, here is a link to their website: Stop the Hate Essay Contest

NY Times articles on Affirmative Action

Changes for women in the workplace

Stats about women in the workplace

Sexism at Work

 

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