Participating high schools:
Edison, North, Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest and Washburn.
(winning team from each topic):
Team Two: Southwest and Henry
Team One: Edison, Henry and South
Team One: Southwest, Edison and Roosevelt
What should Yolanda do?
Yolanda is twenty-four years old and a first-year teacher in Minneapolis. She makes $27,300 per year BEFORE TAXES. She needs to figure out transportation. She refuses to consider a used car because her last one was a disaster. Yolanda loves Jeeps. The Jeep Yolanda wants to buy costs $19,000. She should:
TEAM ONE: Lease a new Jeep. South/Roosevelt
TEAM TWO: Buy a new Jeep. Southwest/Henry
TEAM THREE: Use the bus and take a taxi while saving her money to buy a Jeep for cash. Washburn/North/Edison
What should Estevan do?
Estevan has decided to go to a four-year college after high school. Unfortunately, the school he wants to attend is expensive. After scholarships, grant money, help from his parents and money he has saved, he still will need $4,000 per year to finance his education.
The best thing for Estevan to do is:
TEAM ONE: Go to school by taking out a loan. The $16,000 he will need can be paid back after he graduates. The interest rate is 8.25 percent and he will have 10 years to repay. His monthly payment will be $196 a month. Edison/Henry/South
TEAM TWO: Work for two years at a full-time job. He can save $8,000 per year living at home and then he could attend college without taking out a loan. North/Southwest
TEAM THREE: Work part-time while going to school part-time. Estevan
figures he could graduate in seven years by using this method.
Note: Be sure to think about the opportunity costs that apply as you argue for your position or against another position.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, from 1977 to 1999 the gap between the rich and poor in America has increased. Four out of the five American households are taking home less of the total income earned in 1999 than in 1977.
The best response to this would be:
TEAM ONE: Raise the minimum wage to at least $11 an hour to allow the
working poor to share in more of the country's wealth.
TEAM TWO: Force companies to pay less extravagant salaries to their chief
executive officers and more to their employees. No company would be allowed
to pay their executives more than ten times the wage of their average
employee. For example, if the average employee salary is $25,000 then
the CEO cannot make over $250,000.
TEAM THREE: Do nothing. The government should not meddle with the economy. Facts are misleading. Everyone has benefited from our prosperous economy. More people are working, unemployment is very low, and poverty rates are decreasing. North/South