Where Are the World’s Slaves?

WORLD More than 45 million people are living in modern slavery, with Asia accounting for two-thirds of the victims, a new report says. (Quartz) Use our timeline to learn more about the ugly history of legal slavery in the United States. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to the … Continue reading Where Are the World’s Slaves?

To Tip, or not to Tip?

MONEY Tipping has reached a tipping point in America. How are restaurants changing? (Nat Geo’s The Plate) Use our resources to see how one cool school is giving students real-world skills in the restaurant industry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s poll. Discussion Ideas What is a tip? A tip, also called a gratuity, is … Continue reading To Tip, or not to Tip?

Who is Malala?

WORLD Two champions of children have won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were honored “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” (New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about other Nobel Prize winners. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key … Continue reading Who is Malala?

Hand-Harvesting is Hard Work

FOOD Mechanization has made the farming of many crops—lettuce and tomatoes among them—a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work. (NPR) Take a look through our new map layers on the world’s leading food crops. Discussion Ideas Read through the NPR article, then read the Background Info in our media spotlight on mapping … Continue reading Hand-Harvesting is Hard Work

College Players May Unionize

SPORTS Members of Northwestern University’s football team are preparing to cast the ballots that will decide whether they will form a labor union. (The Daily Northwestern) Use our resources to better understand unions and alliances. Discussion Ideas Read through our excellent activity “Introduction to Unions and Alliances.” Adapt the activity’s questions to the union debate surrounding the Northwestern Wildcats. What are some unions and alliances Wildcat … Continue reading College Players May Unionize