(CNN Student News) -- Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Broken Government: Health Care: Critical Condition when it airs commercial-free on Monday, May 19, 2008, from 4:00 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)
At least 47 million Americans lack health insurance, driving them to emergency rooms for medical care and desperate measures to pay for needed treatment. In the latest edition of CNN's "Broken Government" series, CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates the crisis in health care and medical insurance and takes a hard look at proposals for a better safety net.
Grade Levels: 9-12, College
Subject Areas: Health, Social Studies, Government, Current Issues
Objectives: The CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Broken Government: Health Care: Critical Condition and its corresponding discussion questions and activity challenge students to:
Standard 2. Knows environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health
Level IV [Grade: 9-12]
Benchmark 2. Knows how individuals can improve or maintain community health (e.g., becoming active in environmental and economic issues that affect health, assisting in the development of public health policies and laws, exercising voting privileges)
Benchmark 5. Knows how public health policies and government regulations impact health-related issues (e.g., household waste disposal controls, clean air, disposal of nuclear waste)
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Standard III. People, Places and Environments: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments.
Standard V. Individuals, Groups and Institutions: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions.
Standard VI. Power, Authority, and Governance: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.
Standard X. Civic Ideals and Practices: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.
The Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/strands/) are published by the National Council for Social Studies (http://ncss.org/).
Divide your students into four groups and assign each group one of the following different demographic groups:
Have each group member survey at least two people from his or her assigned age group to find out their views on the U.S. health care system. Help your students to brainstorm a list of survey questions, such as:
Have each group summarize its findings and share them with the class. (Note: You'll want to encourage students to preserve the anonymity of their respondents.) Then, direct students to note the similarities and differences among the different groups' responses. Challenge students to explain some possible reasons for the results. Then ask: Were you surprised by any of the responses? What, if anything, did you learn from the survey? Did this activity impact your views on America's health care system and health care reform? Explain.
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