Homework

Unit 2: Chapters 4-6

Required Readings 

  1. Henretta Textbook Ch. 4-6

  2. Class Discussion/Debate on 1st and 2nd Amendments and American Identity

Unit 3: Chapters 7-9

Required Readings

Unit 4: Chapters 10-12

Required Readings

Optional Readings, Artwork and Literature (Romanticism in America)

Directions: In-class we will discuss the article "How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?" as well as watch the videos below on the Asch Conformity Experiment, Your Phone is Trying to Control Your Life, and Others.

Discussion Question: To what extent has the technological revolution of Silicon Valley proved successful in improving the lives of Americans? 

Context

  • Silicon Valley and the technological revolution that it supports is often viewed as a progressive and inclusive example of making the world (and human lives) better. This is not unlike the view of early progressives who believed that reform (change) equaled progress. However, we are increasingly seeing questions raised about the validity of technological change. 

  • Your assignment is to form a small group of ~4 students to discuss and develop a working argument on the following statement: To what extent has the technological revolution of Silicon Valley proved successful in improving the lives of Americans? 

  • Arguments need to be supported by group research from academic or valid sources. Present an argument using Google Slides (or another presentation software). 1 slide for the intro and claim and 1 slide for each key piece of evidentiary support for your claim. Think of it as developing an essay outline. Include, a Works Citied slide with all evidence documented and be sure to use in-text citations when appropriate during your slide show.

  • The group will present their argument and evidence to the class.

  • ***This topic was chosen because it fits with the theme of Progressivism:  Reform means Progress. It is clear technology affects student learning, but what isn't clear is whether that has been good, bad, or somewhere in-between. This is where you should focus your critique. 

Key Sources to start your research:

  1. Some highlights from “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman

  2. NY Mag: More the 50% of All Online Money Goes to Amazon or Google

  3. USA Today: 5 Companies Own 70% of Online Dollars

  4. The Nation: The New Silicon Valley Movement

  5. Why is Everyone on the Internet so Angry?

  6. There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time and Their Mental Health

  7. Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say

  8. First CRISPR babies: six questions that remain

  9. HOW FACEBOOK KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOUR FRIENDS DO

  10. The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It

  11. The Psychological Toll of Becoming an Instagram Influencer

  12. “WE’RE F--KED”: THERE IS ONLY ONE ANTIDOTE TO SILICON VALLEY’S ILLS... THEIR ENGINEERS