Stossel in the Classroom – 2019 Edition

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This FREE 47-minute DVD, includes eight segments from John Stossel programs, chosen and edited specifically for the classroom, plus 4 bonus segments provided by our friends at Reason TV, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the Institute for Justice, and the Institute for Humane Studies (Learn Liberty)

We also provide you with a FREE Teacher Guide with suggested lesson plans, discussion topics, worksheets, and activities!

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SEGMENTS INCLUDED:

  1. HOW FREE ARE YOU?
    Are we free? How free? Can freedom be measured? How? This segment looks at the annual Human Freedom Index.
  2.  WILL TARIFFS HURT AMERICANS?
    What are tariffs? Why do some countries enact them? Many people oppose tariffs, but shouldn’t the government protect people’s jobs—especially from competition? What if the competition is unfair? This segment looks at the consequences of the recently proposed tariffs.
  3. THE DEADLY -ISMS
    Are communism and fascism opposites? Aren’t they on opposite ends of the political spectrum? Just what is left and what is right? And what does it mean to be “middle of the road”? Is there another way to look at political philosophies? This video segment looks at the commonly accepted political spectrum and suggests a different approach.
  4.  STOP! YOU NEED A LICENSE TO DO THAT JOB!
    When you were a child, how many times were you asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” When you answered, did you think that you would need the government’s permission to do the job you wanted? Do your students? But now more than ever, we do need permission, in the form of a license or certification, to work. Why? This video looks at how licensing rules reduce competition and opportunities.
  5. JUNK SCIENCE LOCKS UP INNOCENT PEOPLE
    We learn from CSI, Law & Order, and NCIS that forensic science is infallible, leading to the conviction of people who might otherwise have gotten away with their crimes. But DNA testing has shown that bite marks, fingerprints, and carpet fiber and hair analyses have all led to the convictions of innocent people.
  6. THE EVIL RICH?
    Do rich people take so much wealth that there is little left for the rest of us? Why should some people be rich and others poor? Are unequal outcomes acceptable or even good, or should the government try to equalize outcomes? What’s fair?
  7. PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
    Should the United States reduce emissions that might contribute to climate change? Shouldn’t all countries? Isn’t that what the Paris Climate Agreement does? This video looks at commitments some countries made in the Paris Climate Agreement.
  8.  EYE TEST INNOVATORS
    If you could, would you take an eye exam online? The American Optometric Association says that these online tests are dangerous. But are they? Is this a case of concerned vision care providers trying to save us from dangerous innovations, or is the American Optometric Association simply trying to protect its members’ jobs against this innovative competition? This video looks at online eye exams and those trying to ban them.

BONUS SEGMENTS:

  • LAB-GROWN MEAT IS COMING TO YOUR SUPERMARKET
    Would you eat food grown in a lab? What if there were a way to oppose the killing of animals and still eat meat? If it doesn’t come from an animal, is it still meat? This video discusses the development of meat grown in labs and how it can disrupt the traditional, entrenched food interests.
  • TOYS WERE US –– NOW LET'S BUILD SOMETHING BETTER!
    It is sad when a business we have grown up with closes. Often, that closing is a result of creative destruction. But is that good, bad, or just the natural course in an ever-developing world? This video looks at some of the changes brought about by creative destruction and argues that to stop creative destruction would stop progress.
  • HEALTH COACH THREATENED WITH JAIL FOR DIETARY ADVICE
    Should there be limits on what advice people can give others? Should people need licenses or permits government permission—to give advice? Does it matter if the advice giver is being paid? What does that say about the First Amendment? This is a thought-provoking video about free speech and occupational licensing.
  • HOW BIG IS THE U.S DEBT?
    Debt. Many people have debt. So does the U.S. government. But people in debt frequently worry about paying it off and hope to live debt-free. U.S. government debt more than doubled between 2008 and 2018, from $10 trillion to $21 trillion, yet our elected representatives don’t seem to care and vote to spend more money every year.