Monday, October 14, 2013

Week #6: Controversial Issues. Locate and blog about any article relating to global or national issues. Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution. (NOTE: This has been slightly changed from what is on the yellow assignment pages.)

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  1. The Wall Street Journal
    "Immigration Activists Target Obama"
    By Miriam Jordan
    October 14, 2013

    Summary: (It was super interesting to me that after talking about it in class, this was an article in the paper today) With nearly 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States, about 400,000 of them are deported every year. A protest group has come about and is attacking Obama for all of the deportations-- "The president has the authority to stop deportations... until he uses it, we will begin to stop them ourselves." People have been chaining themselves to buses that deport illegal immigrants in protest. In the last 10 years, deportations have risen from about 100,000 a year to 400,000.


    Connect to Social Studies: This relates to social studies because of how real and close-to-home this issue might be with students in our classrooms. It isn't happening on the other side of the world, it's happening right where we live. We may know someone that came here illegally. We may want to know more about what it means to protest and how people have protested different things in the past.

    Classroom Application: We could discuss protests and what they are, and why they happen. As a class, we could find information about past protests and what happened. Some people protest because they feel that something is unfair; we could talk about how the students might feel if the teacher instigated something that wasn't fair (like giving the kids wearing yellow an extra 10 minutes of recess or letting the boys skip all of their homework for a week, for no reason).

    Weekly Question: "Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution"
    Both immigration and protests are global issues, as immigration affects almost every country. We hear about protests around the world where people are killed, and some happen almost daily. Countries are trying to work together but I think that all problems boil down to prideful/selfish leaders that want the best for themselves (with a few exceptions of course). People are different and we are all bound to have different opinions, but I think that people need to actually learn how to compromise and work together.

    Author: Taryn Lewis

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    1. This is an issue that has both pros and cons I feel. It would be good to talk to students about because it is very relevant and there are a lot of ways to apply it in other ways, like the extra 10 minutes recess. I do think that it is an issue that needs to be treated with delicacy though. Students probably know or are related to someone to whom this issue directly applies.

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    2. I totally agree with what you are saying about compromise. That is the big issue with the government shutdown as well; both sides' unwillingness to budge from their stance to come to a compromise. I think compromise is something that is very important for our students to learn in order to work well with others. They need to understand that compromise doesn't mean one side giving up and the other side winning... It means both sides releasing slightly to meet somewhere in the middle. It is not a win loose in a compromise, at least it shouldn't be in most cases. It should be a win win because it allows people to come to the current best decision for all those involved...It may not be the ultimate best decision, but it allows for the best decision in the moment- which I believe is an important thing to realize.

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    3. Like your article, mine was also about immigration and, as we discussed in class today, it might be inappropriate to discuss some aspects about it in the classroom. I think it was wise that you focused on protests and made them applicable to any topic. As we use current events in the classroom, it might be a good idea to see how we can apply the issues presented in challenging, yet productive, ways.

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  2. The New York Times, October 14, 2013. "World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis"

    summary: World financial leaders met in Washington to press the United States to solve the financial crisis we're in, namely the government shutdown and the need to raise the debt ceiling. If the debt ceiling is not raised in three days, the United States could default on its debt which would not only affect the United States but the global economy.

    connection to social studies: This government shutdown is affecting the whole world. This is no longer a world of separate countries that operate independently. What affects one affects the others. The article also shows the importance of the United States in the world. We are important enough for our crisis to be important to other countries.

    classroom application: Events like these are good ways to illustrate to the students how government works- or doesn't work in this case. You can show the students everything that is affected by the government shutdown. There are a lot of things that are not available when the government is not there to fund them. Students need to gain an appreciation for government and the importance of participating in it.

    Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution: This is an issue that at first seems to involve only the United States, but it does actually involve the rest of the world, particularly our financial partners. So far it looks like both sides of the issue are at a stalemate. Everyone is being very stubborn. So far nothing is being done except putting pressure on the government. Everyone is hoping that the pressure and panic will force them into a compromise.

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    1. We read the same article. We must have been reading at the same time, since you posted right before me! It is interesting to read your viewpoint about this article, and I think we shared many of the same views. One element that I liked of your response to this article was your classroom application. I like how you would talk about how the government works "or doesn't work" from this article. I think that is an excellent way to use this article... and I think if we are teaching now that it would be close to home for many students who may know someone out of work because of the shutdown, or could be applicable to students because of the many national parks around us. I also liked how you mentioned that "everyone is being very stubborn." I totally agree! I think it is very much a matter of pride and stubbornness; neither side wants to budge at all, when in fact if both sides made even a small adjustment to the stance they are holding so strongly to then they COULD reach a compromise. I very much enjoyed reading your views on this, Sarah!

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  3. Post #6: Controversial Issues
    New York Times
    Monday, October 14, 2013
    World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis
    By Annie Lowrey


    Article Summary:
    Leaders from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund held a meeting on Sunday where they pleaded with the U.S. National government to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government. They claimed not doing so would, as the fund’s managing director said, “risk ‘massive disruption the world over.’” They continued saying that if the Treasury is forced to default on its debts is the “most frightening outcome for financial markets.” Many of the high ranking officials from these meetings also made appeals to congress, and stated that “the world was days away from a very dangerous moment, ” predicting that “even a near-default would lead to higher borrowing costs and a slowdown of the global economy.”

    Social Studies Connections:
    This article relates to “Global Connections” because it focuses on the government shutdown in the U.S. and its effects on the world economy. It also relates to “Production, Distribution, and Consumption” because it is talking about economic issues in the U.S. and the world.

    Application/ Objectives:
    This article could be used in relation to the fifth grade social studies standard V objective 3: “Evaluate the United States as a world power.” I think this article relates to this standard because it shows how something going on in the United States could have an effect on the world, and how it is affecting those not just in the United States. People in other parts of the world care about what is going on here in the U.S. because someday it will probably affect them, because we are a world power and have an influence on the global economy and in other aspects of counties all over the world.

    Response to weekly question: Controversial Issues: Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
    This article talks about global and national issues, both in the relation to the U.S. government shutdown and the issue of the Treasury defaulting on debts. The people involved in the solution are the National U.S. government. I liked reading how the people in high positions around the world got involved, and urged them to do something. They recognize how this could affect people all around the world, and I liked how they stood up and basically told them to get it together and do something about it before it becomes much worse.


    Blog Author: Cami Hall

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    2. This is such an interesting and debated issue happening right now! Like you said, I really liked that these prominent leaders were able to unite to try and get something done. Sometimes we as people don't realize what kind of ripple effect our actions have, and I think that may be happening now. Who knows what kinds of things will be affected long term by the shutdown? While we may not currently have unity in our government, it's good to see it happening somewhere!

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  4. The New York Times, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
    Sinking of Migrant Boat off Italy Complicates Politics in Germany
    By Alison Smale

    Summary:
    Germany is in the middle of forming a new government. During elections in September, the Green political party of Germany only won 63 seats (or 9%) in Parliament, making it a minor player in German politics. However, when a boat carrying immigrants recently caught fire and sank off the coast of an Italian island (Lampedusa), causing the death of 300 people, two major political allies of German chancellor, Angela Merkel, took up the cause of the Green Party’s immigration policy. Hans-Peter Friedrich, a conservative ally of Chancellor Merkel from Bavaria, said that Europe should stick to its current policies on migration. Now, it is unclear what role the Green Party will play in a national coalition and what position Germany will take toward immigration.

    “If people are in need and fighting for survival, you can’t be discussing asylum rules—you have to save them.” Armin Laschet, a deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union

    Connections to Social Studies:
    Power, Authority, and Governance-
    Like Germany, the governments in all countries are confronted with determining what their immigration policies will be and what political alliances will be made to deal with immigration issues.

    Global Connections-
    The events that happen in one part of the world impact other parts of the world. Immigration issues are a major political topic in many parts of the world and affect the countries from which immigrants come and the countries to which they come.

    Civic Ideals and Practices-
    Understanding the basic freedoms and rights of citizens and practices that support and protect them is an important part of living in a democratic society. Discussing how those freedoms and rights might extend to immigrants can also be considered an important part of being a citizen.

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    1. continued...
      Weekly Question/Theme:
      (6th grade social studies core. Standard 4)
      Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
      Choose an issue to explore that would be appropriate for older grades. Are all current events appropriate for this age-group?
      Immigration policies in the United States and elsewhere are an ongoing topic of concern. Political constraints, economic necessity, and various other reasons motivate people to migrate from one area to another. The reasons for immigration and how the people that migrate are received or rejected give us opportunities to ponder on what the rights, responsibilities, and freedoms of ourselves and others are or should be.

      Many organizations and individuals throughout the world are challenged with defining the rights, responsibilities, and freedoms of people. Some groups believe that these characteristics are god-given and others believe that humans decide what they will be. Others, yet, may have different ideas. Based on these beliefs and ideas, organizations are charged with the responsibility to create immigration policies. In representative governments, individuals have opportunities to influence how policies are formed and what the policies will allow.

      Exploring the reasons people immigrate is an issue that would be appropriate for students in older grades to explore. Much of what students need to learn from the Core focuses on the movement of people throughout the world and their reasons for doing so. However, it would be wise to stay aware of the feelings community members have toward various immigration policies and attitudes and focus students’ studies on reasons for immigration. Keeping discourse respectful and open can foster unity among community members.

      It’s difficult to know exactly what current events would be appropriate to explore with children. Although many would be appropriate for sixth-grade students to explore, there are some topics that would be inappropriate and some that might even be illegal. It might be best to look at school policies and get advice on the matter from school administrators. This way, teachers would be able to protect themselves and their students from harm as they prepare to discuss various issues.

      Classroom Applications:
      • Various cultural interactions shape the development of communities. Students could focus on the influence immigrants from different cultural backgrounds have had in the heritage and development of their communities.
      • Students could also learn about different regions of the world from which immigrants have come and the different societies that have developed in those places.
      • Students could learn about representative government and their civic responsibility toward the development of immigration policies.
      • Immigrants move for a variety of reasons. Students could explore the historical and economical reasons for immigration.
      • Geography influences why people live where they do. Immigrants often choose to move to different locations based on geographical features of the locations.
      • Immigrants have played important parts in the exploration and colonization of the United States.

      Submitted by Joyce Mustoe

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  5. Wall Street Journal
    "Dollar Falls with No Debt Deal in Sight"
    By Ira Iosebashvili
    October 14, 2013
    Summary
    Since there is no end in sight of the US government shutdown, the value of the dollar has been falling. Investors have been switching from the dollar to safer currencies. There are mixed opinions about whether or not the shutdown will end in time for the deadline for raising the US borrowing limit, as well as whether or not the end of the shutdown will seriously impact the dollar's value.

    Connection to Social Studies
    I think it's good to know what the different implications are that surround major issues. I think it's also important to know how different concepts are connected. In this instance, politics and economics are closely tied together, one impacting the other.

    Classroom Application
    I think that most people are aware of this event, including children, and they will be speculating about it and it's implications based on what they've heard. By studying the different aspects of the issue from different perspectives, students will be better informed and enabled to form their own opinions.

    Weekly Question
    The issue at hand is the shutdown of the US government over a budget crisis, where members of the various areas of government from different political parties have been having difficulty resolving conflicts. Though this is up to debate, it affecte many people worldwide, including government workers, US citizens, and as discussed in this article, investors.

    Holly Meek

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    1. That is interesting to see how Politics and Economics are connected! And it's also interesting to see all of the things that are impacted by one decision that the government made.

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    2. You summarized and expressed your thoughts well! I think children do know or at least sense something weird is going on with the government Educating them in a way so they understand, teaches them how to be responsible and thoughtful individuals.

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  6. New York Times, 14 October 2013
    "A Proposed Movie Deal for a Piracy Suspect has a Surprise Ending: his Arrest" by Andrew Higgins and Nicholas Kulish

    Summary: A man who is a mastermind in the Somali Piracy business was flying to Brussels to sign a deal to make a movie about him, but when he arrived, he was arrested instead.

    Social Studies connection: It's interesting to see that there are still pirates. I usually just think of pirates as something of the past, but piracy is still a part of society today. So this would definitely be a part of studying society.

    Application in the classroom: I think this would be a really interesting article to bring up with kids. Most kids have seen different movies and shows with pirates and probably don't even realize that they are a real thing today. I didn't realize that they were. But the man in this article has attacked many ships and is a real pirate. It may not be in the common core, but it's definitely a part of social studies that might be worth mentioning.

    Weekly Question:
    Locate and blog about any article relating to global or national issues. Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
    The global issue here is piracy. There are people who attack ships near Somali and they torture the people on the ships and steal their stuff. What is being done? These people are being arrested the way the man was in this article. The people involved in the solution in this case were the Belgian authorities.

    Lana Poppleton

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    1. I definitely agree that this topic would be interesting for students! I like how even though pirates are not a part of the common core, you mentioned this article might be worth mentioning. I think that when we find current events that would interest students, we can find ways to integrate them into other subject areas. For example, reading this article could lead into a writing activity.

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  7. New York Times/ October 15th
    As China Moves to Lower Professor’s Profile, Colleges Are Seeking to Raise Theirs
    By: Andrew Jacobs

    Summary: Beijing’s Xia Yeliang, a professor at the prestigious Peking University, is anticipating that he will soon be dismissed from his teaching position. Professor Xia is considered “a marked enemy of the ruling Communist party” as he has criticized their ruling in his lectures and writings. In fact, many of his writings are removed from the internet immediately after he posts them. This leads to the issue of elite colleges adhering to government control while gaining worldwide respect for the education they provide. Ultimately, Professor Xia is concerned that students “have been taught by their parents to avoid politics and strive to become civil servants”.

    Connections to Social Studies: This relates to the NCSS theme of Individual Development and Identity. As “personal identity is shaped by an individual’s culture” and ‘institutional influences”, it’s important for students to recognize how they have been influenced. In this article, it was clear that many citizens were unaware of how politics were affecting their education and development. Another NCSS theme this article related to is Power, Authority, and Governance. Students need to understand the characteristics, purposes, and levels of authority of various governments. One of the major purposes of teaching social studies is to help students become informed and understand the world we live in.

    Weekly Topic: The issue is that universities in China are restrained by government control, and are unable to express views that do not align with the government’s views. Professor Xia and some other professors are expressing “controversial” views through lectures and writings. The Committee of Concerned Scientists has also created a petition threatening their partnership with the university if Professor Xia should be dismissed.

    Applications: This article and similar ones would be excellent to use in the classroom. It not only exposes students to other governments, but could be used to teach students the importance of being informed citizens. Furthermore, it could be used to teach the importance of forming opinions and discussing them. The discussions we used in class could be implemented to demonstrate that students need to not simply accept the world how it is, but question it, share opinions, and reconsider ideas as new perspectives are considered.

    Blog Author: Kara Weathers

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    1. I loved that you talked about how controversial issues are treated in different Nations! It is interesting to me that our government focuses on controversial issues and those are the issues that are constantly talked about in our culture. In China they are expected to avoid those issues because it makes their government look bad. It would be interesting to examine how controversial issues are dealt with in other countries as well.

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  8. The New York Times
    Friday, Oct 11, 2013
    Kochs and Other Conservatives Split Over Strategy on Health Law
    By Eric Lipton and Nicholas Confessore

    Article Summary:
    Republicans in the House are under attack for the government shutdown because they want to injure the “Obamacare” health care law in the new budget. As the government is shutdown for the second week this group of Republicans is under heavy criticism, even from fellow conservatives because of their reckless strategy.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This article connects to the NCSS theme of power, authority, and governance because it primarily deals with the avenues that lawmakers can take to repeal a law. Most of the article talks about different strategies that the lawmakers could be using. Many of these strategies would take a much longer time to affect the health care law than the de-funding strategy they are attempting currently. This article connects with the social studies core in 5th grade:
    Standard 3
    Students will understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    Objective 1
    Assess the underlying principles of the US Constitution as the framework for the United States form of government, a compound constitutional republic.
    D. Explain the process of passing a law.
    Describe the concept of checks and balances.

    Application:
    In my classroom I would use this article to discuss with the students how a law is passed and the checks and balances that were built in to the United States constitution. When the health care law was made it had to go through the house, the senate, and the president’s office. This would be a great process to review before discussing checks and balances. The congress attempting to repeal the health care law is a great example of one branch checking another.

    Controversial Issues:
    Both the government shutdown and the “Obamacare” law are controversial topics in the United States today. “Obamacare” makes a large change to the health care system in our country that affects everyone. That makes it controversial because not everyone needs/ wants it and many people do not want to be taxed for the health care needs of others. Large businesses (over 50 employees) are generally opposed to it because it requires them to provide health insurance to all of their workers. Some people like it because it makes it easier and cheaper to obtain health insurance and it stops private insurance companies from taking advantage of sick people. I think that this topic is appropriate to discuss with grades 5+ because it does involve the intricacies of the United States government and it would be hard to understand for a student who had not yet learned about how the United States government functions. It also deals with the complex issues of health insurance and health care in the United States.

    -Laura Villicana

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    1. Laura, I appreciate how you took this very specific and present-day issue and turned it into a classroom application that addresses a very wide and general subject; I would love to do the same classroom application in my future class. This is because it is important for students to see just how our government works, particularly the checks and balances that are in place, so that they can be better prepared to participate as a citizen. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Laura!

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  9. The New York Times
    Tuesday, October 15
    "The Senate Tries to End the Crisis"
    Editorial Publisher: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

    Summary: With the government shutdown as a controversial, present-day issue, this editorial looks at the shutdown and the possible Republican blackmailing that may or not be occurring. The author writes saying that some compromises have been considered, none of which really address the pleas of the Republican party. But, as something needs to change before the government shutdown can finally come to an end, this editorial discusses the possibility of delaying an insurance company tax in order to appease unions and other parties who have asked for its delay.

    Social Studies Connections:
    Obviously, this issue (the government shutdown) is very prevalent and relatable to our present day studies. Because this editorial addresses one particular perspective of the issue, it gives us as the reader a chance to either agree or agree to disagree with what the author is writing. It also allows us to see just how this shutdown has affected so many in our government, thus affecting the people and jobs surrounding many governmental divisions.

    Classroom Connections:
    I would use this article in the classroom to bring up the issue of the government shutdown. I may not get into the actual politics and taking sides of this issue, but I would like the students to be able to make connections. Because this issue has so many causes and effects, this may be a great article for students to predicting the long-term effects of the government shutdown. Making these connections will also allow students to formulate their own evidence-based decision and opinion on the issue.

    Weekly Question:
    Locate and blog about any article relating to global or national issues. Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
    I know a lot of people have probably addressed the issue of the government shutdown, but I would like to add my personal "Amen" to what has been said. This issue is one of the most interesting, yet controversial, issues of the present time; I think that having access to these two-sided (controversial) issues in my own life allows me to better formulate my own ideas and opinions, and let me see what's really going on out in my world. And, having both sides of the story allows me to better see and understand what others around me think and believe about an issue.

    --Heather Young

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  10. The New York Times
    October 15
    An American Shutdown Reaches the Earth’s End
    by John Schwartz

    Summary
    The American government shutdown is stopping research in Antarctica. Those Scientists who research in Antarctica start their research season now and end mid november. They received a “stand down” order last week and put the camps on “caretaker status” which is essential personnel only. This research does not only affect the American scientists, but also other countries who depend on the “robust transportation and logistics systems developed by the US.” It will also affect future data because most science research projects are over years of data and one year missing will skew the data.

    Social Studies connection
    The government shutdown is affecting many aspects of our lives as americans. This article was about scientists but i’m sure it is affecting social studies researchers as well. The shutdown is a part of our history for better or worse and showing the connection between government and people or science or social studies matters to our students.

    Applications
    In my class I would have my students learn about the government and all that it includes. How the government does go into science and national parks and museums, many things that we don’t think about.

    Weekly Question
    This article is a national issue as well as a global issue. The shutdown affects American scientists as well as the other countries who depend upon us. Right now congress is working on a resolution to get the government back on track. If this is not settled soon, all of the research for this year in Antarctica will be lost, which also may affect our global environment and the animals in Antarctica.

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    1. I think that this is a very interesting article. I did not even realize that this would be an issue. Not only is our government shutdown affecting jobs and the United States, it is affecting countries all around the world. I think that losing all that data could be devastating to research. Also, this would be a good article to show our students that the role of the government extends to much more than making laws.

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    2. To me, this is just another example of how interconnected our global society is. When something happens in our country it affects the rest of the world, even in faraway places like Antarctica!

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  11. Pulling Aid Away, Shutdown Deepens Indians’ Distress
    The New York Times
    October 14, 2013
    By Dan Frosch

    Article Summary:
    The partial government shutdown over budget issues and health care has led to many financial issues with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Crow reservation people in Montana are struggling as many of the people have jobs with the government or receive some aid for food and electricity. The Native Americans are struggling to keep their governments working and give people health care without the money promised from the national government.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This article relates to the social studies core in third grade. In the core, the students are supposed to learn about the indigenous culture of America. They are also supposed to learn about how these cultures maintain traditions today and how they changed over time. This article relates as this talks about the government and how the native people still rely on some of the government programs. With the shutdown some Native American tribes have struggled to keep their branches of government working without the government assistance. In this article they talk about the culture of the people struggle and that they may have to rework a lot of their programs and this will be a great setback for them.

    Application:
    I would use this article to have the study the current events and struggles of the indigenous culture in America. I would ask them to compare and contrast how these indigenous cultures have changed and how they have needed to change. In this article, they would be able to understand that some of these people still rely on the government and how the government shutdown could be detrimental to the nations. I think that the students would be able to see that one decision can have a great impact on other people and their worlds. I would use this article to explore the changes and also look for things that have not changed. This article is a good world application for my students and they would be able to look at the word with a different perspective

    Global Issues:
    The partial government shutdown has not only affected the United States of America, but it has affected many different places around the world. Although the Native American reservations are in the boundaries of America, they are their own identities and they have also been affected by the shutdown. They receive funding and financial aid to help them run their governments. They receive money for food and electricity. The Senate and the House of Representatives are working to solve the issue of the debt ceiling as well as health care. Once they solve this issue, the government will be up and running again and this will help solve the problem. The democrats and the republicans need to compromise and work something out so that the government can be reestablished.

    Blog Author: Rachel Stokes

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  12. New York Times, October 15, 2013
    "Some Irish Need Not Apply"
    by David Conrad

    Summary
    The country of Irish has some really interesting laws concerning citizenship and their immigration laws. They are not very accepting of other races, and racism has grown to be a problem in this country. To be a citizen of this country, a person must have ancestral roots from their past generations or have one of their parents born on the island. Irish immigrants or Irish citizens who were immigrants cannot automatically confer citizenship to their children born in Ireland.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This racial inequality and laws that are in place in this country make it hard on many people who live there. They are denied rights and are limited in what they can do. It is interesting how rigid their laws are for citizenship. What is their purpose for the way they do things there?

    Application:
    I would use this article to compare our laws for citizenship in the United States and how these laws differ from Ireland. We could talk about racism and why it is such a negative thing for society.

    Global Issues:
    I think the Irish people have struggled with this issue for awhile. I feel like it burdens many people there and has made life quite different for the children of Irish citizens who do not have roots from the country or were born there. I think this problem is ongoing, that not much has really been done out there to solve it. I feel like more people are becoming aware of it though and even noticing how it creates attitudes in people to behave in racist ways. It seems to me like ancestry means everything to this country and that is not fair or very welcoming to any outsiders at all and also makes it hard for those who should be citizens there based on how many years they have lived there. Only seventeen percent of Irish citizens were born outside of the country, all the rest were born there. The Immigrant Council of Ireland released their findings of an increase in racist reports they have received recently. This problem is clearly known, but not much action is being taken about it at this time. Hopefully soon though!!

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    1. This reminds me of the caste system in India. It is sad how "normal" people think it is to be segregated in places like Ireland or India. It is only when people step outside of their traditions and background that they can see the bad practice in their culture. I think by learning about different cultures, we can help avoid that mentality of thinking we are better than others. Everyone has something to offer.

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  13. New York Times
    October 16, 2013
    Poverty and Stigma Give Edge to Disease
    by Denise Grady

    Summary:
    Those in developing countries are hit especially hard by cancer. It is either not treated in time, or there are unavailable resources. This article tells the story of some women who are in the process of getting treated and hoping to live.

    Connect to Social Studies:
    In grade six, standard 4: "Students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world." We do have a responsibility to understand what is going on around us. My students will learn about what is outside their bubble. And they can use this article to learn about some ways that they can reach out to their fellow human beings.

    Classroom Application:
    I don't want my students to take things for granted. I think it is very easy in our country for many people to assume things are this way for others around the world. In fact, I think many people don't even think of what other people are experiencing. This article would really help open my students' eyes to the problems people face in other parts of the world that they do not have to worry as much about.

    Weekly Question: Controversial Issues. Locate and blog about any article relating to global or national issues. Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
    The United Nations began a global campaign against noncommunicable diseases, especially in developing communities. There are many doctors that go and try to make a difference. There is the government that tries to pay for some of the medical expenses. And there are the survivors who try to get the word out and help others. All of these people are joining together to try to lesson the death toll that comes from cancer.

    Holly Johnson

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  14. New York Times, October 15, 2013
    "”Senate Leaders Near FIscal Deal; House "
    by Michael D. Shear and Jeremy W. Peters

    Summary
    The Senate are close to reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. An American default would be difficult because it would have a global effect and could create a financial disaster. It seems that there is a little bit of progress being made but the republicans still have the goal to take down the new health care law. The Republicans and the Democrats have different opinions about the issues and they both have things to say about the others. Other countries have opinions, too, and they are not very happy with the issues going on in the American government.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This is important to talk about if we want students to understand how the government works. This article teaches them how different political parties have different opinions. It also explains how they work together (or try to) to reach a consensus.

    Application:
    I would use this article to teach about government and the role of Congress. I would also conduct a mini congress and help students employ skills that Congress should use to reach a consensus.

    Identify global issues, what is being done, and the people involved in the solution.
    The issues are that the government is at risk of default and it is currently in a shutdown. The Senate is apparently about to reach an agreement. The people that are involved in the situation are the Senate and House.

    by Kelsey Captain

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    1. Love you application! This is a great article to teach students about the different branches of government and the process through which decisions are made and bills become laws. Although our government is sometimes messy, the process is there. There are checks and balances for a reason-so hopefully no one body can pass a law that the majority of people don't agree with. It's good for students to go through this process and understand how it works.

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  15. The New York Times
    Obama Urges House Republicans
    Michael D. Shear
    October 24, 2013

    Summary:
    This article is about an immigration bill that would improve border security, require employers to verify the immigration status of their workers, and provide a path to citizenship for those in the country. This bill has been passed by the Senate and is now waiting for a vote in the house. Republicans disagree with the increases in border security and allowing illegal immigrants who are already in the country to become citizens. Republicans say they would like a more step by step immigration overhaul with individual bills. The sides cannot agree and President Obama fears that nothing will be done about the current immigration status.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This article helps educate students about the government. It relates to the social studies topics of our three branches of government and how laws are passed. It also talks about the roles of the House, Senate, and the President.

    Classroom Application:
    I would use this article to educate students about current events. Immigration is a big current event that students need to be educated and aware of. I would also use it to teach students about the different branches of government and how they work (or not work) together. I would also use it to demonstrate the process by which bills become law.

    Weekly Question:
    Immigration is a huge issue in the U.S. and impacts other countries as well. Both sides agree that an immigration overhaul is needed and that the current immigration laws are not working. The people involved in making a change are the House, Senate, and the President who are trying to pass laws that will satisfy all of the different sides.

    By Katy Powell

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