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ERIC Number: EJ1002095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Teaching about Global and U.S. Poverty Using the Internet
Risinger, C. Frederick
Social Education, v76 n1 p50-51 Jan-Feb 2012
Just a few months earlier, the United Nations and the World Bank reported that 1.4 billion people live below the new poverty rate of US $1.25 per day. That news was accompanied by stories of severe famine in Africa, Asia, and even scattered through Europe and the Americas. The author knows that it's sometimes difficult to teach about contemporary issues in today's rigid curriculum--with national, state, and local standards, combined with high-stakes testing. Yet most teachers became social studies educators because they wanted to help their students become knowledgeable and participatory citizens. This paper presents websites that the author has selected which are just a small selection of those that address both poverty within the United States and global poverty. He has chosen sites that he thinks will accomplish two things: (1) give teachers and students an understanding of poverty's meaning, social and cultural causes, and impact on society; and (2) provide teachers with lesson plans and resources to help them integrate this controversial and sad topic into their curriculum planning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Asia; United States