Math and Social Studies

Occupy Wall Street protest is growing

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has grown since it began on September 17th.  Students can look at charts that show percent mentions of the demonstrations and calculate the percentage of media mentions, percentage of comment  growth, and the percentages…

Bank of America Debit Card Fees

Millions of people and businesses use debit cards every day.  Banks didn’t charge customers for their use. Banks actually gave rewards and incentives to customers for using them. So how did banks make money from debit cards?  Banks charged the…

Unions and Collective bargaining

Protestors at the Wisconsin State House There is a confrontation going on in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker is trying to enact legislation that would limit bargaining rights for most public employees in that state … firefighters, teachers, police, child-care workers,…

Federal deficit and debt in the news

National Debt Clock, Avenue of the Americas, New York City Congress has begun debating what should be included and what should be removed from the 2012 budget that President Obama submitted last week. The words debt and deficit are constantly…

Population pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Giza Egypt has been in the news lately as young people have demonstrated in Tahrir Square, demanded the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, and begun the reorganization of their country’s government. News agencies have show population pyramids to…

Census is complete and Apportionment begins

The 2010 U. S. Census is complete and state reapportionment is about to begin. The process of distributing the 435 Representatives appropriately to each state is a mathematically fascinating event. Engage your students in the calculation of the apportionment so…

Cholera in Haiti

On January 12th of this year, there was a tremendous, 7.0 magnitude, earthquake in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or injured and a million people became homeless. Then on November 5th, Hurricane Thomas hit Haiti. Huge amounts…

Oil Spill!

As of May 28th,2010  it is believed that the early estimate of 210,000 gallons of oil (around 5000 barrels) per day of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico was much too low. The flow rate was revised on May…