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Trade Policies, International Relations and Your Wallet

Trade is a two-way transaction in a community and in a global setting. Economic principles of supply and demand, cost and benefits, trade agreements and tariffs, transnational labor outsourcing and immigrant skills balance against government policies, technological developments and human wants and needs. The textile industry and cigar manufacturing highlight the complexity of decisions that businesses and consumers face.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Mexico, a country with a rich cultural heritage and history, remains closely tied to the U.S. Lessons in economics, global health provisions and international policy are provided as Mexico confronts the epidemics of drug trafficking, violence and the A/H1N1 virus. For journalism teachers, the coverage of these issues by The Post provides lessons in depth reporting and breaking news coverage.

As normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba has begun, flags have been raised over embassies, officials have engaged in talks, and accords have been signed. This guide provides opportunities to discuss and study government policy formation and international relations; preservation methods, partnerships and accords; journalistic integrity and historic legacy; Cuba’s ethnic, religious and cultural expression; and environmental diversity. 

National Parks found in every state and U.S. territories provide enjoyment, employment, a challenge to preserve special places, natural and marine resources, history, culture and a mandate to stewardship. Suggested activities include a role play (conflicting views regarding reauthorization of the National Marine Sanctuary Act), 3 Parks in 3 Days, career education and cross-disciplinary park visits from Acadia to Zion.

Through Washington Post articles, commentary and suggested activities, we ask students to consider the importance of the arts in a democracy. Who should fund the work of artists, theatrical performances and exploration into the healing potential of the arts? In what ways can scholastic journalists cover fine and performing arts events in their community? Can a society afford not to support artistic endeavors?

Campaign 2016

Campaign 2016 provides avenues for diverse study. At the foundation are candidates’ speeches, actions and policies, and party platforms. Understanding polls and their influence, analyzing political cartoons and political ads and using social media form another strand of study. Considering bellwether Indiana towns and a Virginia town that lacks enough candidates to run for office, defining issues and using original documents offer more challenges for students.