SJCU-Inequality of Wealth articles

In SJCU, we’re continuing our “Inequality of Wealth” unit. Our last class included a discussion about the homework assignment, “Too Many Inequities Persist in King County.” Students had many insightful observations, questions, and solutions for these inequities highlighted.

The class then divided into three groups and read the following articles around education, gender, and race related to pay. Our next class will include student presentations about their findings.

Pay and Education

Earnings and Unemployment Based on Education Attained (graph) (2013)

High School Poverty Levels Tied to College Going (2013)

New study finds that earning power is increasingly tied to education: A college degree is critical to economic opportunity (2011)

Pay and Gender

Half a Million Dollar Rip-Off: Unequal Pay Every Day (2014)

Pay Equity & Discrimination (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

The Awful Truth Behind The Gender Pay Gap (2014)

Pay and Race

Wealth Gap Among Races Has Widened Since Recession (2013)

Black and white Economic Gap hasn’t budged in 50 years (2013)

Race is the elephant in the room when it comes to inequality (2014)
Racial Inequality

Systems of Equations For Real

In math, we are currently learning how to solve a system of equations, when two things happen at the same time.  For example, if you have two cell phone plans, determining which is the better deal and under what conditions? I gave math groups a two part project to practice. The first part was a real life problem I encountered trying to decide how my family was going to purchase a family cell plan. This problem includes weighing various factors and variables: data plans, phone costs, leasing or buying a phone, and determining how much each person should pay for their portion of the plan. The second part was comparing three different plans with a base price for the plan and a plan per minute of talking (old school cell plans). Which plan is the best deal? Under what circumstances? Can you show your answer visually and using algebra? Students are expected to explain their answers with calculations and explain in writing why they ran those calculations and what they determined. The focus is on making sense of systems of equations type problems and applying them to real-life contexts.

Cell Phone rubric

cell phone problem

Cell Phone problem part 2

Mission Physical Challenge

T-7 Days to liftoff! Today, students participated in the Mission Physical Challenge which included various physical and team tests. Candidates were asked to do pushups, burpees, jumping jacks and run the perimeter of the park to warm up. Then, teams engaged in a variety of team relay challenges including a tennis ball bucket toss, egg toss, egg/spoon relay, and hockey relay. It was a great final kickoff to Mission!

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