A Lack of Freedom in Today’s World


World Cultures Government and Economics A Lack of Freedom in Today's World
Students look at a map to see the areas of the world that are considered "not free." Then they learn about some of the ways that "not free" governments function. They explore the way that the North Korean government controls its citizens. Next, they individually research another "not free" country and report back to the group. Finally, students write their own freedom manifesto, listing the freedoms they believe are most important.

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Overview

In this experience, students look at a map to see the areas of the world that are considered “not free.” Then they learn about some of the ways that “not free” governments function. They explore the way that the North Korean government controls its citizens. Next, they individually research another “not free” country and report back to the group. Finally, students write their own freedom manifesto, listing the freedoms they believe are most important.

Objective:

  • Identify and describe countries that lack political freedom in today's world.


How many times in your life have you said “Wait, that’s not fair!” You are used to the freedom of saying what you think and resisting ideas that are not fair. But that’s not how it is in every country in the world. Why is that an okay thing to say in some countries and not in others? You’ll explore why in this experience.

Objective:

  • Identify and describe countries that lack political freedom in today's world.




Slum in Havana, Cuba in 1954


To begin, go to Freedom in the World and look at the map on the screen.


What do you notice about the map?



Discuss student findings. Students will likely notice that much of Africa and Asia is purple, which means it is “not free.” Most of North America is “free.” The United States, where students live, is free. Some parts of the world are “partly free.” They may wonder what that means.

Ask students if they are surprised by what they see on the map. Some students will be surprised to realize how much of the world is categorized as “not free.”


What do you think “not free” means?

Post your answer

Discuss student responses.


In the rest of this experience, you will learn more about what “not free” means and what life is like for citizens in these countries.


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