In Paper Airplane Simulation, students “saw” some of the key turn-of-the-century workplace changes, which continue to affect workers.
In this reading from Milton Meltzer“s classic book on U.S. labor history, Bread and Roses, students explore some of the historical background. “Free to Think, Talk, Listen, or Sing” recounts how new technologies and workplace structures affected the most intimate aspects of people”s lives. Often, workers” demands made in negotiations don”t fully reveal the human consequences of work. Even when the call is for higher wages, the underlying grievances may be much deeper.
The Power In Our Hands—Available for Download
This is one of the 16 lessons available from The Power In Our Hands. Other lessons available for individual download are:
Unit I: Basic Understandings
Unit II: Changes in the Workplace/”Scientific Management”
- Paper Airplane Simulation
- Free to Think, Talk, Listen, or Sing
- Modern Times
- “Taylorizing” Burgers: A Fantasy
Unit III: Defeats, Victories, Challenges
Unit IV: Our Own Recent Past
Unit V: Continuing Struggle
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