Can you imagine not being able to pursue the livelihood you'd like? Growing up in Czechoslovakia, controlled by the communistic Soviet Union, there was very little freedom or opportunity. Even after liberation brought democracy and the eventual split into two separate countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, times were tough.
But with the right changes, with increased economic freedom, things began to look up for Katarina Rybarikova and her family in Slovakia. Katarina's idea? To bring the Paul Frank brand, with its distinctive monkey logo, to Europe.
Now the family businessÖis Monkey Business.
This DVD contains a bonus interview with the authors of the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World Report, explaining how the index works and the correlations they've discovered between economic freedom and people's well-being.
Monkey Business covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including ELL, Media/Technology, Language Arts, and Social Studies for Grades 7-12. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district follows, use our Standards Alignment tool.
Working with inner city urban youth, videos are a great way to generate interest. Reading skills and research skills are very often lacking and the video helps to spark the interest needed for further investigations into the subject.
Edmund Michalski Economics - 12 J. C. Harmon High School, Kansas City, KS
Excellent video on the transition to capitalism.
Ray Milo Business/Voc/Tech - 11,12 Aite High School, Ridgeway, CT
I think it is good for students to see how other countries gained their economic freedom and that it is not something that we should take for granted.
Gloria Weyand Business/Voc/Tech - 10,11,12 Somerset County Technology Center, Somerset, PA
I thought this movie did a good job showing the difference between communism and democracy in a language that high school students could understand and relate to.
Stephanie Hiemstra Business/Voc/Tech - 9,10,11,12 William Byrd Middle School, Vinton, VA