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ERIC Number: EJ1002592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Occupy Wall Street: Examining a Current Event as It Happens
Bellows, Elizabeth; Bauml, Michele; Field, Sherry; Ledbetter, Mary
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v24 n4 p18-22 Mar-Apr 2012
On September 17, 2011 (Constitution Day), Occupy Wall Street began as a protest movement when approximately 2,000 supporters assembled in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. The group's concerns focused on the corporate role in the current financial crisis and economic inequality. Rhetoric both in support of and against the protest began to flood the media. Newspaper, television, and social media reports of the activities of Occupy Wall Street increased dramatically, along with editorials and political cartoons. The "Occupy movement" began to spread. In October, "Time" magazine reported that over 200,000 people had "protested in more than 900 cities across the world." Media attention to Occupy Wall Street in New York and its extensions prompted one teacher (Mary Ledbetter, the fourth author of this article) to discuss the issue in her class of fifth grade students in Austin, Texas, nearly three months after Occupy Wall Street began. The situation also caught the attention of her educational colleagues (her co-authors). The University of Texas Elementary School where Mary teaches is a laboratory school that encourages teacher-professor collaborations. In this article, the authors report how fifth grade students engaged in thoughtful consideration of the growing Occupy movement, and discussed its connections to people's constitutional rights. They begin with a summary of previous learning activities that led to the students' informed responses. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas