Meritocracy

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Is America a Meritocracy? What is the American Dream? Is it achievable by all? Is the deck stacked against low-income families? Should America be a meritocracy? Should the rules be changed, how?


Agenda
  • Day 1-Jan 26
    • Introductions
      • Name-Why did you choose this IBG?
    • Big questions
    • Basics of Meritocracy
      • Our Mixed Economy
      • Research these topics in groups in the context of America as a meritocracy-
        • American Dream-Katie, Jake, Cody, Emma
        • Income Inequality-Lily, Cody, Gabe, 
        • Taxes-http://news.asiaone.com/a1media/news/08Aug08/images/20080831.195354_meritocracy.jpgColin, Andy 
        • Education-Lauren, Jaden, Eli, Keith
        • Race and Wealth
        • Unions
        • Income Mobility
          • Educational five minute presentation-include definitions, statistics, and ideologies. Use bullets, images, and multimedia.
      • East lab
  • Day 2-Feb 2
    • Basics of Meritocracy presentations
      • American Dream, Income Inequality, Taxes (income, capital gains, estate, sales, corporate) Education, Race and Wealth, Unions, Income Mobility. Educational five minute presentation-include definitions, statistics, and ideologies
  • Day 3-Feb 5
    • Debate Prep
      • Choose Roles (see below)
      • Research in West Lab
      • Congress sets rules at end of class
  • Day 4-Feb 9
    • Debate
      • Congress delivers ground rules and format (3 minutes)
      • Opening Statements (3 minutes each)
      • Open answer session to congress' questions (20 minutes)
      • Closing statements (2 minutes each)
      • Congress' decision (2 minutes)
Debate
  • Questions
    • Is America a Meritocracy? What is the American Dream? Is it achievable by all? Is the deck stacked against low-income families? Should America be a meritocracy? Should the rules be changed, how?
  • Roles
    • Congress-creates legislation informed by debate
    • Capitalists-believe the open market should decide winners and losers
    • Education Researchers-public school system enables individuals to achieve American Dream, but needs to be changed
    • Job Creators-Our current system provides plenty of opportunity for all
    • Taxes for a Fair Economy-our tax system rewards people with money
    • NAACP-our current system systematically punishes racial minorities
    • Sociologists of America-Income inequality and lack of inter-generational is evidence change is needed
  • Resources
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