Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Class and Poverty Kit

Judge Says Poor Have No Right To Clean Water

  1. List all the ways you utilize clean water in a day. Now consider you did not have access to clean running water. How would your day look different?
  2. What are human rights? Do all Americans have access to such rights?
  3. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 adopted by the United Nations states that “Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing.” Do you believe that everyone in America has access to these rights? Why or why not?
  4. How does shutting off the water of lower-income families and small businesses further the economic gap?
  5. Which is more important, capitalism or human rights? If you have a genuine inability to pay your water bill, is it acceptable to have your water shut off?
  6. Think about the Flint Water Crisis.  Do these people have the right to clean water?

Abortion & Class

  1. In what ways do laws that limit control over reproductive health affect low-income women and families? (E.g. Defending of Planned Parenthood)

  2. Why might low-income women and families need access to reproductive health in ways that middle income and high-income groups do not?

  3. What kinds of women does the restriction of telemedicine affect? Are all women affected in the same ways?

  4. Why is Cleveland's infant mortality rate so high?

The Gender Pay Gap: It Affects Us All

  1. Why has the Equal Pay Act of 1963 failed to bring about equal pay?

  2. How do differences in pay reflect values of the American consciousness?

  3. In what ways does disparity in equal pay affects everyone?

  4. What about for women of color?

TED: Income Inequality with Nick Hanauer

Poverty Lowers Brain Power, Making It Harder To Figure Out Ways To Escape: Study

  1. How is social mobility hindered by poverty and what is its implications?

  2. What kinds of programs could assist people living in poverty to change the disparity in performance?

  3. Do restrictions on welfare or food assistance programs keep people in poverty?

What Happened When 3 Politicians Tried A Minimum Wage Budget

  1. Is the SNAP program a gift from the government, which they can dispense at will, or is a right, where impoverished people deserve to have when they need it?
  2. Plan 3 meals (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) with a budget for all three meals totaling no more than $11. How nutritious are your meals? How would you feel if this is all you had to eat?
  3. How authentic is the SNAP challenge at mimicking the low-income experience? Why?
  4. What constitutes someone being eligible to be in the SNAP program? Is money the only factor?
  5. What are some of the differences between low-income families who have Food Stamps and well-meaning families that have the resources to “choose” to try the SNAP challenge?

Raising the minimum wage would help and hurt women

  1. Why would the typical minimum wage worker be an adult woman?

  2. Do you think governments should impose fees on businesses that have employees who use government services for assistance in living?

  3. Should the minimum wage be raised, why or why not?

How America's Minimum Wage Really Stacks Up Globally

  1. How do you think America's minimum wage compares to that of other countries?

  2. Should America make attempts to raise its minimum wage to that of Australia or France?

  3. Why does American's minimum wage look the way it does?

Treating Homeless People Like Criminals / Couple Who Let Homeless Folks On Their Porch Threatened With Daily Fine

  1. Talk about how you see and hear homeless people being treated.
  2. Whose job is it to take care or treat the homeless?
  3. What are some of the effects of the criminalization of homeless?
  4. In which ways is do homelessness effect those who are privileged and those who are not?
  5. What resources/ things are needed to transition a homeless person into a “home”? Are those resources available? Is there enough of these resources?

3 Things Chelsea Clinton Will Have After Giving Birth That Many Women Don't

  1. What are other resources for families/ benefit families that come at a price/ require privileges?
  2. What does raising a child look like without those privileges?

Working class millennials have extra challenges in tough economy

  1. What do you see as your place in this economy?

  2. What is the timeline of commitments romantically, financially, etc you see yourself making in the future? Does this look like what you had envisioned growing up?

  3. What does adulthood mean to you?

In budget cuts, low-income students suffer more than wealthy ones

  1. How do income and budget cuts affect different students of varying economic classes differently?

  2. In ways do budget cuts hinder low-income students more? Does this affect social mobility?

  3. How does this affect access to higher education for students in the school which were hit harder by budget cuts?

  4. What impact does cutting funds from education have on the future?

Haunting Instagram Portraits Of All The Public Schools That Chicago Shut Down

  1. What are your reactions to these photos?

  2. Do any of them stand out to you? If so, why?

Want to Help People? Just Give Them Money

  1. How does this non-profit compare to others?

  2. What are your thoughts on their methods, is it ethical?

  3. What are some of the benefits of a program like this? Would you support it?

  4. By nonprofits using their funds to create roads and other things instead of donating the money directly to those in need, do you think they are implying/ assuming that they know more of what the person really needs as opposed to the actual person? 

Africa is poor and 5 other myths: Simon Moss at TEDxWarwick

  1. Why is the perception of Africa as a poor continent so commonplace?

  2. What from this video did you find to be most informational? Why?

  3. Do you agree with the speaker in how assistance to the countries of Africa should work? Why or why not? What other actions could be taken?

Top Conservative Think Tank: If You Own A Computer, You Aren't Really Poor

  1. Before reading the article: What are the characteristics of a family living below the poverty line? What kinds of resources and amenities do they own?
  2. Does this article complicate the “bootstrap principle”?
  3. After reading this article, how do we combat poverty? Are the programs in place now truly helping get people out of poverty? Why?
  4. What are the effects of cutting resources like SNAP?