Research Links and Critical Thinking Questions for April 2020

Mar 17, 2020 | Ideas For Teachers


Issue 1: Minimum Wage “H.R.582 – Raise the Wage Act”
Fox Business: “Republicans Slam Democrats’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill”
Pew Research: “Minimum Wage Action Is in Cities, States, not Congress”
Yahoo Finance: “CBO: Raising Minimum Wage Has a Downside”
Economic Policy Institute: “Why America Needs a $15 Minimum Wage”
Vox: “$15 Federal Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Americans Jobs, New Study Says”
Department of Labor: “State Minimum Wage Laws”

Issue 2: War Powers
White House: “Statement of Administration Policy on S.J.Res.68” “S.J.Res.68 Joint Resolution on Iran War Powers”
Library of Congress: “War Powers” 
CNN: “House Passes Iran War Powers Resolution Opposed by Trump” “Power to Declare War” (History)
NPR: “War Powers Resolution On Iran Is Latest Attempt By Congress”


Issue 1: Minimum Wage

  1. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor link above to see if your state has a minimum wage law. How does your state compare to other states? Do you think your state’s minimum wage should be higher or lower than it is? Why?
  2. How does the federal minimum wage issue relate to gender and race?
  3. Do you support or oppose raising the federal minimum wage? Why?
  4. If Congress raised the federal minimum wage, would it ultimately help or hurt workers? Why?
  5. Read the text of “H.R.582 – Raise the Wage Act” (link above). Do you agree or disagree that this bill would be good for the U.S.? Why?

Issue 2: War Powers

  1. How has the United States’ history of interventions and conflicts with Iran led to the recent situation with Iran?
  2. What exactly are the war powers of the U.S. president, and how should they be used with regard to Iran?
  3. How do you think military action or war policy should be decided when conflicts arise?
  4. How has Congress responded to presidential war powers since 9/11? Why do you think Congress hasn’t taken more of a role in war powers?
  5. Read the “pro” and “con” quotes for war powers on p. 3 of the newsletter. Decide whose opinion you agree with most and why?