Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What Would You Do?

You own a factory.  (Congratulations.)  An opportunity has arrived that will allow you to relocate your factory to Nicaragua.  Because you can pay your workers less, and you won't be burdened with paying over-time or benefits, etc... you will end up making quite a bit more money.

However, moving the factory will not gain you a lot of friends here in the United States.  You have been in business for over 25 years, and many people that work for you have been with you since the beginning.

Will you move your factory or not?

Here are some aspects of globalization we've hit upon so far

  • development of world culture/ loss of individual culture
  • benefits of trade: goods, services, technology, possibility of higher standard of living
  • possibility of exploitation
  • learn about other cultures
  • technology's impact on globalization
  • outsourcing/ loss of US jobs
We won't talk about it too much longer, but as you can see it is very easy to go into great detail on one standard.  And, as the ISTEP often asks very specific questions, this is necessary.  Of course, this means that we can't cover all of the standards...  C'est la vie, I guess.

If you want extra credit, read and discuss the blog with an adult.  Tell them whether you would move your factory to Nicaragua or not. And tell them why.  Then write the following quote on a scrap piece of paper: "What's wrong with me?  I've just been layin' around."  Then, have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the scrap piece of paper.  Turn it in tomorrow.


  1. OMG just these three question i dont no why people dont do extra credit AKA ashia

    1. No kidding. And it's really beneficial too. Extra props if you remind them via facebook, twitter, or whatever.

  2. Hey, I just sent you a message on goodreads, o expert history buff.

    1. Got it. I just responded. Nice list.