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?
POLITICS “Let’s make this a year of action,” President Barack Obama said in his 2014 State of the Union address. What issues was he talking about, and what actions can the government take? (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand the U.S. government. Discussion Ideas Discuss key issues in the debates surrounding the five key issues addressed in the New York Times article. … Continue reading So, What’s the State of the Union?
UNITED STATES Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, at $9.19 an hour. Soon, voters in the city of SeaTac will decide whether to push the local minimum even higher, to $15 an hour. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand the minimum wage—it’s $7.25 nationwide, but may be higher in your area. Discussion Ideas According to our “media … Continue reading Seattle Suburb May Raise Minimum Wage
BUSINESS Fast-Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay As many as 500 workers from fast-food restaurants across New York City are set to strike. Low-wage workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, and Papa John’s Pizza are asking for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Discussion Ideas: New York follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. Many fast-food … Continue reading Fast-Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay