Commerce and Youth

    1. "Labeling the World" -- CREATE Portal
      Using their own clothing labels, students will locate and research information about the country found on their labels. After collecting information, students will use Microsoft Excel to construct graphs. Students will also read pre-selected Web sites for information on wages and labor to help form their opinions on social issues related to imports manufactured using cheap labor.
    2. Approaching WTO Education: How to Bring WTO into Your Classroom by Engaging Students in International Trade Disputes-- a Curriculum for Grades 6-12.
      Curriculum written by Global Source Education and co-developed by educators from the World Affairs Council of Seattle, the University of Washington School of Business, and the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Washington, November 1999. Includes introductory readings to the WTO, multiple perspectives surrounding the debate, and four classroom lessons on various controversial policies.
    3. Asia Pacific Management News -- "The Thai Youth Market"

    4. Child -- Child Labor: An Information Kit for Teachers, Educators and Their Organizations
      Produced by the International Labor Organization. The kit describes child labor problems and solutions to them. It illustrates various techniques, media and modes, which can be used to trigger action and stimulate new ideas. These tools are not new. They have been used and tested over time and proven to be effective in various fora in a variety of programs against child labor.
    5. Globalization and Social Responsibility: Bridging the Real World and the Classroom, Course Handbook.
      Compiled and written by Global Source Education, 2000. This Course Handbook was specially developed for Global Source Education's summer 2000 Teachers' Institute on Globalization and Social Responsibility in Seattle, WA. The resource contains source material on the WTO, child labor, the environment, military interventionism, selective purchasing laws, world music as a vehicle for engaging in global issues, and student participation in a new civics. The guide also includes two lesson plans called "Who is Making your Sneakers?" and "Coffee: Connecting Local and Global Economies". Extensive readings for both educators and students is included, as well as resources for further inquiry.
    6. International Affairs Department -- "Lost Futures: The Problem of Child Labor"
      This 16-minute video for middle school students produced by the AFT includes a brief history of child labor in the United States, a description of child labor around the globe including the story of Iqbal Masih--a freed child laborer and martyr from Pakistan--and how American schools have joined in the fight to end child labor. The video is accompanied by a teacher's guide with background information, lesson plan suggestions, and additional resources.
    7. PBS Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
      The purpose of this site is to promote better understanding of globalization, world trade, and economic development, including the forces, values, events, and ideas that have shaped the present global economic system.
    8. Using the Internet to Explore Issues: Children's Rights
      Children deserve to know and communicate with each other about issues that are important and relevant to their lives. Although children all over the world are still suffering from their lack of rights and from their common status as property, a children's bill of rights has been written by adopted by the United Nations and we are beginning see why the world's young citizens would benefit from this protection. In this lesson, students will search through Voices of Youth to find an interview with a child worker, at least one danger that girl children face, at least one issue that children face who live in cities, an example of how war and armed conflict affect children through their artwork, and the date and purpose of The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students will also participate in an interactive quiz on children and work.