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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

The Other 90% and the Occupy Movement

The Other 90% and the Occupy Movement

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Dear Colleagues, The Occupy Movement is growing fast and defining some common core issues relating to undeniable harsh economic realities, that even the new generation of teenagers can relate to and understand: The Banks and Big Corporations and Top 1% of Wealthy People do not resemble or represent anything close to the Reality of The Other 99% of Us … Those of us from the “60's Generation” of Social Change have a history in our consciousness: the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Anti-War Movement, the Women's Movement, the assassinations of national and cultural leaders, the demise of the Soviet Union, the computer and internet revolution, and now the new class of wealth: Billionaires… I am not here criticizing “wealthly people”, I am simply referring to the growing concentration of wealth and the simultaneous demise of the Middle Class of America, the New Endangered Species… You can obviously study and discuss the social and economic impacts of international out-sourcing of American jobs to third world countries… That is a critical historical phenomenon unprecedented in American History. This link to an article for Social Studies and Economics is not an endorsement of Mother Jones Magazine, but simply a profound summary and classroom resource for discussion of Current Events, that are becoming daily Media Events for your students to question and understand. http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/food-industry-monopoly-occupy... All comments and questions are welcome, this is Real Stuff Happening Now, so I would encourage teachers to discuss and help each other prepare curriculum materials for engaging your students in Living History... Sincerely, Allen Berg

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

Page One is "necessary and sufficient"...
http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/food-industry-monopoly-occupy...

Having read the complete article again, very carefully, (3 pages of too much information for High School students) I can suggest that the first page alone has more than enough information and excellent charts and graphs, etc. for teachers and students...

The entire article is accurate and documented, but could be "Information Overload" for most high school discussions... Page 2 and 3 gets to more college level analysis, that could be useful for advanced students interested in further research... etc.

But: Page One is "necessary and sufficient"...

Allen Berg

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

Since I brought up the subject, I thought that I would contribute a possible Classroom Resource for your consideration and suggestions...
This is a quick version for you to modify anyway you want...

Such a Questionnaire (for your Classroom or School Project, etc.)
could generate some activity and enthusiasm and data! :-) for student analysis...

Obviously you can remove students' names and assign numbers to the questionnaires to keep it anonymous, or adapt it anyway you like...

Revisions, suggestions, comments, questions all are welcome...

Allen

Social Studies Questionnaire
(for Teachers Discretion and Students Optional Replies, etc.)

1.Name________________________ Nickname(s)_____________________________
2.Age _____ Gender________ School Grade__________
3.Current City of Residence______________________ # of Years___________
4.Family: Mother____ Father____ Sister(s)_____ Brother(s)_____GP____ Other_____
5.Type of Residence: Apartment____ Family Home____ Other_______
6.Approximate Total Family Income: ___________________ /year
7.Work Experience: Part-time____ Full-time____ Summer______ Other_______
8.Volunteer Experience___________________________________________________
9.Travel Experience: In-State___ Out-of-State_____ Out-of Country_________
10.Travel Experience: Minimal_____ Moderate______ A lot_______________
11.Languages__________________________
12.Favorite School Subject(s)________________________________________________
13.Favorite School Activities_________________________________________________
14.Hobbies, Interests, Recreation_____________________________________________
15.Things you like to do, Places you like to go_______________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
16.Heroes and She-roes______________________________________________________
17.List 4 Special 'Objects'/'Things' for you______________________________
______________________________________________________________________
18.Household Information:
# of TV's______ # of Phones_______ # of Computers_________ # of Cars_________
# of Bikes_______ # of Musical Instruments_______ Pets______ Other________
19.News Sources: Newspapers____ TV____ Radio____ Online______ Other________
20.Favorite Websites_______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
21.Do you have a public library card?________________
22.Approximate Weekly Spending_____________________
23.Ideas and/or Plans for After High School__________________________________
24.What would you do with $5,000...?__________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
25.Anything else you want to add or comment, etc.__________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

This is one of many links to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Movement
http://occupywallst.org/

Their forum discussion posts are increasing exponentially, it is too much information to view as a "whole" but various individual posts are very insightful for understanding some of what is going on...
and real-life in the streets of public demonstration...

For instance, this post is advice from a San Diego, California Police Officer who considers himself to be part of the 99%, but has a job to do as ordered by his superiors in-the-chain-of-command, re: police work at public demonstrations...

"Posted Oct. 29, 2011, 8:40 p.m. EST (1 day ago) by annie (San Diego, CA)
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
I had the best conversation with my friend who is a San Diego police officer. His idea: All protesters should wear this t-shirt. On the back: name_ blood type contact phone#__ On the front : "I am protesting peacefully. I will not resist arrest. But I will be back." He said this would be smart and effective. I agree. Pass it on if you like it. (This could be made easily and sold in the Occupy Store!!)"

So that's some news and information from the Social Studies street...

Allen

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Allen Berg
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Dear Colleagues,

This is the first few paragraphs of a New York Times article from October 31, 2011 demonstrating how Wall Street investment firms "play havoc" with other people's money...lots of $$$$... like $700 Million... and take gambles and make bets "shooting craps" in International Finance Schemes using other people's money to make their own money... and when the accounting gets "sloppy" and no one is looking, because the Government Regulators can't police "The [Wall] Street" everyday every hour...
Corporations (Legal Financial Entities different from "people") just have their Lawyers sign some papers to "Declare Corporate Bankruptcy" and let the chips fall on the floor of Economic Chaos...

Allen Berg

"OCTOBER 31, 2011, 6:57 PM
Regulators Investigating MF Global for Missing Money
By BEN PROTESS, MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and SUSANNE CRAIG
Brendan McDermid/ReutersJon Corzine, foreground, a former Goldman Sachs executive and New Jersey governor, was trying to revive his Wall Street career.
9:55 p.m. | Updated
Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey Governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday.
The recognition that money was missing scuttled at the 11th hour an agreement to sell a major part of MF Global to a rival brokerage firm. MF Global had staked its survival on completing the deal. Instead, the New York-based firm filed for bankruptcy on Monday.
Regulators are examining whether MF Global diverted some customer funds to support its own trades as the firm teetered on the brink of collapse.
The discovery that money could not be located might simply reflect sloppy internal controls at MF Global. It is still unclear where the money went. At first, as much as $950 million was believed to be missing, but as the firm sorted through its bankruptcy, that figure fell to less than $700 million by late Monday, the people briefed on the matter said. Additional funds are expected to trickle in over the coming days.
But the investigation, which is in its earliest stages, may uncover something more intentional and troubling.
In any case, what led to the unaccounted-for cash could violate a tenet of Wall Street regulation: Customers' funds must be kept separate from company money. One of the basic duties of any brokerage firm is to keep track of customer accounts on a daily basis.
Neither MF Global nor Mr. Corzine has been accused of any wrongdoing. Lawyers for MF Global did not respond to requests for comment.

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

Because there is plentiful cheap labor in third-world countries and lower standards for Factories' Health and Safety Conditions, much of American Manufacturing Jobs have been "out-sourced" to Asian countries:

"You can obviously study and discuss the social and economic impacts of international out-sourcing of American jobs to third world countries...
That is a critical historical phenomenon unprecedented in American History."

Here is a news summary from NPR from last week regarding the devastating floods in Thailand and Malayasia...

ARI SHAPIRO, host: NPR's business news starts with Toyota's supply chain troubles.

SHAPIRO: Toyota says it's shutting down its North American production tomorrow for one day and halting overtime at several U.S. plants. It's because the automaker can't get parts from Thailand. Thailand is a global car manufacturing hub, and deadly floods there are damaging carmakers' facilities. Toyota's plants in Thailand will be shut through the end of next week. Ford and GM have also suspended production. Honda delayed the release of a new model because it couldn't get the necessary parts. Thailand is also one of the world's largest producers of hard-disk drives and other computer parts. Sony, Canon and Toshiba are all experiencing production slowdowns. Apple says the flooding has also affected the supply of parts for its Mac computers.

Allen

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Ben Bohmfalk
C-SPAN Senior Fellow, Civics teacher in Colorado

Today C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations.org released a web page with lesson plan, handouts, videos, and articles at many reading levels to help students understand the Occupy movement. The page is balanced and unbiased so students can learn about the movement before taking and defending a position on the question "Should students support or oppose the Occupy movement?"

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