Making a Family Budget
Here's one activity I like to use. Students make a Haitian Family Budget. Nice and realistically usable
I used this in classes at FDR for many years, in cooperative learning groups (reader, writer, spelling-grammar checker, reporter, and time-keeper) and the children really felt how difficult it was for oppressed families to just live.
Instead of the typical crap about pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, students discover that oppression is real; We parents and teachers have to teach our kids the truth at home if schools won't do it.
Schools will never tell the whole truth. History books are full of fantasy....as long as there are companies paying $5 hr., there will always be oppression.The good news is: