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The Industrial Revolution: Working Class Poverty or Prosperity? | John Majewski

The Industrial Revolution: Working Class Poverty or Prosperity? | John Majewski | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Any sociological costs endured during the industrial revolution must he counterbalanced against the many sociological benefits. For the first time, there was a sense of hope and optimism. The industrial revolution spawned the attitude that progress could be made and problems could be solved. Perhaps it is worth quoting Hartwell at length on this point:

"The new attitude to social problems that emerged with the industrial revolution was that ills should be identified, examined, analyzed, publicized, and remedied, either by voluntary or legislative action. Thus evils that had long existed—child labor, for instance—and had long been accepted as inevitable, were re garded as new ills to be remedied rather than old ills to be endured (Hartwell, 1971, p. 343)."

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Forced abortions in China a sign of family planning troubles - Denver Post

Forced abortions in China a sign of family planning troubles - Denver Post | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Forced abortions in China a sign of family planning troubles
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China's government bans abuses by local enforcers, but nevertheless requires them to successfully carry out family-planning policies.
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Bill Text - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

THOMAS provides many options for finding legislation and information about legislation. These options are described below.

Search Bill Text

Search the full text of legislation for words or phrases or search by bill number.

Coverage: The Bill Text feature covers the 101st Congress (1989) to the current Congress. Users must select the Congress that they would like to search. 

 Search Bill Text

Search Bill Summary & Status

Bill Summary & Status (BSS) contains information about bills and amendments. Whereas the Bill Text feature (described above) searches the full text of legislation, the BSS feature searches everything but the actual text of the legislation.  The BSS information includes: sponsor(s); cosponsor(s); official, short and popular titles; floor/executive actions; detailed legislative history; Congressional Record page references; bill summary; committee information; amendment information; subjects (indexing terms assigned to each bill); a link to the full text versions of the bill; and if the bill has been enacted into law, a link to the full text of the law on the Government Printing Office Web site.

Coverage: BSS covers the 93rd Congress (1973) through the current Congress.  Users must select the Congress that they would like to search

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Walking a secondary school social studies class through this list would be educational! You can actually search the bill text for words and phrases. Kids could get a better idea on what is involved with working in Congress. These bills are also evidence as to why learning to read complex texts are so important.

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Trust Us: Politicians Keep Most Of Their Promises

Trust Us: Politicians Keep Most Of Their Promises | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Regardless of what happens between now and the GOP convention, there is little doubt that Donald Trump has undermined our understanding of primary politics. It …
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This would be a good article to share with students in social studies elective classes that deal with campaigns and US government (voting). The teacher could start with a question about politicians keeping their campaign promises after voted in to office. After discussion, teacher could introduce research project that combines research validity and verification, fact-checking websites, and "changing conditions" having an impact on following through. They may also explore what "good faith" means and how it applies to these kinds of questions. 

The teacher could decide to split researchers into pairs or small groups. They could research this question regarding congressional candidates, senate, and other offices where candidates must be voted in. I don't know if research is available so teacher might want to check with school librarian to check if project can be carried through for congressional or senate candidates. 
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Eight Agencies Make Harvard’s Top 25 List for Government Innovation

Eight Agencies Make Harvard’s Top 25 List for Government Innovation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
HUD is recognized for two programs, one to foster economic growth and another to help failing communities.
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