Day 4- Meet the Press panel discussion
"One Sees His Finish Unless Good
Government Retakes the Ship"
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Stan Pesick, from The Urban Dreams Project, was the main
questioner. It was very helpful to have a guest questioner
familiar with the topic. The five students representing
Steffens, Addams, Tarbell, Carnegie, and Riis were at the
front of room (eight students for the AP class). Other students
were in seats, not necessarily their own. The panel members
were questioned about their views of society, c. 1900, and
how society might best progress. This took one hour.
- What is the best way to have progress?
- What is "progress"?
- Is there a need for more government involvement?
- Is there a need for more private competition?
- What should the government do to improve society?
- What should business do to improve society?
- What should "common" people do to improve
- Do Americans need the government to protect them from
Students not on the panel raised their hands and asked
questions, as members of the press. They also needed to
take notes on the notesheet for credit. (see
Students who were on the panel did not have to fill out
This seemed the fair thing to do; however, I do not think
that the people on the panel ended up with the level of
understanding of the positions of the others on the panel
that I would have liked.
I had planned to have them write a paragraph for homework
on: Which of these people (or solutions) would make the
U.S., c. 1900, a more democratic society?
Because of time constraints, neither class wrote this
paragraph (they had too much other homework for my class).
I think that this assignment would have worked, however.
Instead we devoted some time the next morning to reviewing
the positions of the five (or eight ) people.