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Rating the Effectiveness of the Canadian and American Economic Systems

Design and complete a report card to assess the effectiveness of the Canadian and American economies in improving the quality of life of citizens.

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Specific Outcomes

This critical challenge may address these outcomes:

Specific Outcome 9.2.1 - Students will appreciate the values underlying economic decision making in Canada and the United States (C, ER)
Specific Outcome 9.2.3 - Students will appreciate the impact of government decision making on quality of life (C, CC, PADM)
Specific Outcome - What are the principles of a market economy? (ER)
Specific Outcome - Why do governments intervene in a market economy? (ER, PADM)
Specific Outcome - Why is Canada viewed as having a mixed economy? (ER, PADM)
Specific Outcome - How has the emergence of labour unions impacted market and mixed economies? (ER)
Specific Outcome - What are some similarities and differences in the way governments in Canada and the United States intervene in the market economies? (ER, PADM, GC)
Specific Outcome - How do the economic systems of Canada and the United States differ in answering the basic economic question of scarcity? (ER, PADM, GC)
Specific Outcome - What societal values underlie social programs in Canada and the United States? (PADM, ER, GC, I)
Specific Outcome - How do the economic platforms of political parties differ from one another (i.e., Democrat versus Republican; Liberal versus Conservative)? (ER, PADM)
Specific Outcome 9.S.1.2 - Students will evaluate, critically, ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
Specific Outcome 9.S.1.3 - Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze current affairs from multiple perspectives
Specific Outcome 9.S.1.5 - Students will generate creative ideas and strategies in individual and group activities
Specific Outcome 9.S.4.2 - Students will participate in and predict outcomes of problem-solving and decision-making scenarios
Specific Outcome 9.S.4.3 - Students will propose and apply strategies or options to solve problems and deal with issues
Specific Outcome 9.S.4.4 - Students will propose and apply new ideas and strategies, supported with facts and reasons, to contribute to problem solving and decision making
Specific Outcome 9.S.5.1 - Students will demonstrate leadership in groups, where appropriate, to achieve consensus and resolve conflicts peacefully and equitably
Specific Outcome 9.S.5.2 - Students will demonstrate a positive attitude regarding the needs and perspectives of others
Specific Outcome 9.S.7.1 - Students will reflect on changes of perspective or opinion based on information gathered and research conducted
Specific Outcome 9.S.7.2 - Students will integrate and synthesize concepts to provide an informed point of view on a research question or an issue
Specific Outcome 9.S.7.4 - Students will draw conclusions based upon research and evidence
Specific Outcome 9.S.7.6 - Students will organize and synthesize researched information
Specific Outcome 9.S.8.1 - Students will communicate in a persuasive and engaging manner through speeches, multimedia presentations and written and oral reports, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration
C Citizenship
ER Economics and Resources
CC Culture and Community
I Identity
LPP The Land: Places and People
GC Global Connections
TCC Time, Continuity and Change
PADM Power, Authority, and Decision Making
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