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Discuss Healthcare

This provides teachers and students the materials and guidance for students to learn different perspectives on the issue of healthcare, discuss them and listen to each other in a respectful and civil manner, and appreciate differences while finding common ground.

With news and materials from left, center and right sources plus a structured process for discussion, teachers, administrators and parents can be assured that multiple points of view are discussed and respected in a civil, beneficial manner.

☛ Teachers! Have you done the Relationships First component in your classroom yet? Consider starting with it to establish a solid foundation. ☚

Primary Learning Goals:

Also see how this program complies with Common Core standards.

  • Collaboration: Students will discuss healthcare while working in small groups (if a large class) or as an entire class.

  • Civil conversation and conflict resolution: Students will learn how to listen, understand and respect one another’s views, especially when there are differences of opinion and background.

  • Research and analysis: Students will have a deeper understanding of the different perspectives on healthcare, including their own, their classmates, and the country at large, through researching the topic across biases and discussing.

 

References for Understanding:


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Particulars of Class Activities for 1 Day Program:

★ This can be done as a single class or over several class periods. Extending the lesson will allow for more in depth understanding.★

  • Homework prior to class:

  • In Class

    • Optional based on class size: Teacher divides students into small groups, preferably a mix of biases. (Have students complete a simple bias quiz for homework 2 days prior so the Teacher has a chance to evaluate if similar has never been conducted previously.)

    • Healthcare:

      • What does it mean to have a right to health?

      • What do you do when you are sick or hurt and you need to go to the doctor?

      • Can you think of reasons why a person might find it difficult to get care when they are sick or hurt?

      • What does it mean to have health care coverage?

    • Healthcare Reform:

      • Should providing healthcare for all be the government’s responsibility?

      • When it comes to "fixing" the health care system, do you trust the president and Congress?

      • Is access to health care more important than how much health care costs?

      • Overall, would you rate existing health care coverage in this country as excellent or good?

      • Should Congress should try to reform health care gradually as opposed to enacting a comprehensive reform package?

      • Do you support adding taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for the health care subsidies?

      • Do you think the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has been successful? Why or why not?

      • How can it be improved?

      • Should the ACA be repealed all together? Why or Why not?

    • Other Healthcare Questions:

      • Some people see financial incentives and drivers behind health services as a problem – while others do not. What do you think?

      • Do you trust doctors? Do you do what they tell you to do? Why or why not?

    • Deeper Meaning questions:

      • How are your health care needs are met? Are you happy with your health care?

      • What do you think is the right balance between individual, business, government and other ways in providing health care?

      • Do you believe you get a good value for your health care dollars?

      • What else would you like to say about health care?

      • What do you think of businesses who do or don’t provide health insurance for their employees?

    • Final Questions to pose to students, either as homework or just as a wrap up:

      • What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?

      • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

       

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