ERIC Number: ED409244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Caught between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads. Choices for the 21st Century. [Student Resource Book] and Teacher's Resource Book.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Inst. for International Studies.
This student's resource book contains sources that bring Mexico's evolving national identity into sharper focus for U.S. high school students through utilization of a Mexican perspective. Students see the world through Mexican eyes and contemplate current Mexican choices in the areas of economic development, political reform, and foreign relations. At the core of the unit are three distinct directions, or futures, for Mexico in the coming years. Each future is grounded in a clearly defined philosophy about Mexico's place in the world and offers broad guidelines on fundamental Mexican public policy issues. By exploring a spectrum of alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the values and assumptions competing for the allegiance of the Mexican people. The background reading prepares students to assess Mexico's policy choices. Part 1 introduces students to the conflict and drama of Mexican history through a historical survey extending from the pre-Columbian period to the financial crisis of 1982. Part 2 analyzes the ramifications of the economic reforms Mexico has undertaken since 1982. Part 3 explores the most pressing public policy challenges facing Mexico today. A student "Focusing Your Thoughts" section and nine suggested student readings also are included. The accompanying teacher's resource book contains a suggested five-day lesson plan, a day-by-day lesson plan, and student activities. The unit opens with an analysis of the recent controversy revolving around the revision of elementary school history textbooks in Mexico. The next lesson centers on Mexico's rich tradition of mural painting to introduce students to the concerns of individual Mexicans. The third and fourth days of the lesson plan involves students in a simulation in which they act as advocates for three Futures or take on the role of Mexican voters. On the fifth day, students apply their own policy recommendations for Mexico to pressing constitutional issues. An "Alternative Three-Day Lesson Plan" is also included. (CB)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Current Events, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Global Approach, High School Students, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Latin American Culture, Latin American History, Latin Americans, Mexicans, Political Science, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, World Affairs, World History
Choices Education Project, Watson Institute for International Studies, Box 1948, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Inst. for International Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico