This Week's News


  • Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 | PBS NewsHour

    Note: This Daily News Story discusses sexual harassment and assault as they pertain to allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein. You may want to consider inviting your administrator or a representative from human resources to your class during this lesson. 

    Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, was fired on October 8th from the film company he founded after The New York Times detailed three decades of sexual harassment allegations against him from many women who worked for him. Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements, according to the Times’ report. Since then, dozens of more women have come forward to share incidents of times when Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. While sexual assault or sexual harassment may take many forms, it is important to always keep in mind that it is never the victim’s fault.

    To help define harassment and to learn more about the civil rights legislations that made workplace sexual harassment illegal in 1964, see the support materials below.

    October 30, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Gold Star Families Became a Political Issue | PBS NewsHour

    For the sake of time, we recommend stopping the video at 3m:23s.

    President Donald Trump continues to face criticism for a condolence call to the Gold Star family of Sgt. La David Johnson, a Special Forces soldier recently killed in Niger. Gold Star Families are the relatives of US military members who died in battle. There was a time when a political leader would never politicize the death of a service member or question a grieving family, said Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report. “It’s a little bit like the customer’s always right. Right? The grieving family is always right in this case,” she said. Walter added this was no longer the case after Trump criticized the Khan family, a Gold Star family, after they spoke out against him at the Democratic National Convention.

    October 25, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Trombone Shorty Inspires a New Generation of Musicians | PBS NewsHour

    Musician Troy Andrews, known as “Trombone Shorty,” started playing the trombone on the streets of New Orleans when he was four. Now 31, Trombone Shorty plays his music for audiences around the world, and was the closing act in the 2017 New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. Trombone Shorty grew up in Treme, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which remains an important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture. He comes from a famous musical family, and was mentored by music legends like Wynton Marsalis and the Neville Brothers. Trombone Shorty describes his music as “Supafunkrock,” a blend of rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop and says its important for young people to learn different kinds of music.

    October 20, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Are the Effects of Opioid Addiction on Young People? | PBS NewsHour

    Teachers and students: Watch this PBS NewsHour Facebook Live recorded on Wed., October 11th on how schools are teaching students about opioid addiction.

    Starting in the 1990s, chronic pain patients were given high levels of synthetic opiates to relieve pain. Some patients misused the painkillers, while others became addicted. In the 2010s, individuals who became addicted to painkillers turned to heroin after state governments started to clamp down on the number of prescriptions physicians could write. Currently, about 33,000 people die each year from opiate-based prescription drugs and heroin overdose in the U.S. Young people are at high risk of addiction and overdose. Recovery high schools are growing in popularity because many addiction treatment programs do not accept teenagers. There are currently about 40 recovery high schools across the U.S.

    October 10, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Should Elected Officials React to Mass Shootings? | PBS NewsHour

    For guidance on how to talk with students about mass shootings, you may want to read SAMHSA’s “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers.”  

    On October 1, 2017, a mass shooting occurred at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas, where 22,000 people had gathered. The gunman, 63-year old Stephen Paddock, killed 58 people and injured more than 500, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Law enforcement officials found 23 firearms in Paddock's hotel room, and 19 at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.

    October 3, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Free Speech and Trump’s Reaction to NFL Protesters | PBS NewsHour

    President Donald Trump’s comments that professional football players should be fired if they kneel during the national anthem have ignited condemnation from players, coaches and owners of three major sports. Trump took aim at the players during a rally in Alabama on September 22, 2017. The NFL’s Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the anthem last year as a protest against police brutality.

    September 25, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Since 9/11, What Do Your Students Know about How the U.S. Has Changed? | PBS NewsHour

    Today’s Daily News Story comes from the PBS NewsHour article 9/11 to Now: Ways We Have Changed. You may wish to assign different sections of the article to different groups of students and have the groups report back as a class.

    Many changes have occurred in U.S. domestic and foreign policy since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which occurred 16 years ago today. Air travel regulations tightened when Congress federalized airport security with the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before 9/11, security had been handled by airports, which outsourced the work to private security companies. More than 260 government agencies were created or reorganized after 9/11. The Patriot Act and 48 bills were signed into law, many of them related to counterterorrism work. The U.S. entered the longest war in our country’s history in Afghanistan after the attacks on 9/11, which continues to this day. The terrorist organization, al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden planned the attacks from Afghanistan with the support of that country’s totalitarian regime. Anti-Islam hate crimes in the U.S. spiked after the attacks, and many Muslims were subject to verbal harassment and increased airport security checks.

    September 11, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12

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