CHY 4U 2012: Declaration of Economic Rights & Responsibilities

Wall Street via Flickr, by Benjamin Dumas

Today we will continue working on our Declaration. Our goal is produce a workable document by the end of the day. To add more focus to our work, I propose the following:

Each student will choose one topic to examine in more detail. After 30 minutes of research and gathering ideas, you may add your ideas to the document by copying/pasting them from a Word doc. Please let me know when you are ready.

Your work should:

  • Start with a general statement, such as “Consumers should…” or “Banks should be required to….” (see these examples)
  • Provide reasons why this statement is important
  • Use specific examples to prove your statement is true

As you examine your topic, please look for examples from the 1920s, 1930s, and/or our own time.

Potential Topics (let’s add some more)

  • consumption/credit/over-spending (public)
  • corporate mismanagement
  • banking policies and/or regulations
  • stock market instability
  • government policies
  • international policies

Potential Examples

  • The Great Depression
  • The Occupy Movement
  • the Welfare State
  • Corporate Bailouts
  • Mortgages and Real Estate costs
  • austerity

From the Catechism:

1941 Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this.


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