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Raise the Wage

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 13:29
Grade Level: 7-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned

Poof! Everyone now makes at least $50 an hour. Good idea? Or not?

Many things sound like a great idea at first. But what happens when you explore deeper? Look beyond the surface?

In a hypothetical move, the minimum wage is suddenly raised to $50 for everyone. Celebration time? Or might there be some unintended consequences?

Raise the Wage explores the history of minimum wage laws, where they can be found (or not) around the world, comparative wages, and what could occur when the wage is raised. Discover the benefits of early work experience and see what jobs teenagers are doing, and how much they make right now. Follow Kelly and Max, two teenagers who recently had job interviews, as they experience for themselves what might happen if the minimum wage suddenly rose to $50 an hour.

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science

Economics

Mathematics

U.S. History / Government & Civics

Topics

Economy

Great Depression

Labor Market

Minimum Wage

Regulations

Unemployment

Unintended Consequences

This video explains the unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage extremely well. It does it in such a way the students pay attention and do not become defensive. Great job!

Rikki Lowe
Special Education - 11
Poca High School, Poca, WV

It's a wonderful video that does an excellent job describing how and why a minimum wage, especially $50 per hour, can and does hurt low skilled workers and keeps them from getting a chance to develop their talents and work harder than others to move their way up the ladder of success.

Chris Tice
Business/Voc/Tech - 10,11,12
Horn Lake High School, Horn Lake, MS

This video was an eye opener for my students. Several of them recognized that raising minimum wage could actually harm their parents' businesses. An excellent topic for socratic seminars!

Elizabeth Harris
English/Lang. Arts - 9,10
Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio, TX

It was funny to see students' reactions when the video proposed raising the minimum wage to $50. They all thought it was a great idea until the video showed reasons why it was not. By the end, the students said they would be happy to take a job less than minimum wage.

Karen Kummerlen
Business/Voc/Tech - 9,10
Palm Beach Gardens High School, N Palm Beach, FL

Raise the Wage discusses the unintended consequences associated with raising the minimum wage. It did a very good job explaining what would and could happen when the minimum wage is increased. Very thought provoking and good discussion.

Melissa Paul
All - 8
Homeschool, Simpsonville, SC

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