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Sweatshop and Globalization Unit

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Sweatshop and Globalization Unit
By Melissa Livermore
Written 2006-2007 School YearHoly Family Catholic High School8101 Kochia LaneVictoria, MN 55386Activity 1
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Where are our clothes made? .......................................................................................2Data collection and GraphsActivity 2
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Where is the best place to manufacture clothes? .........................................................3Linear ProgrammingActivity 3 - Can workers live on their wages? .................................................................................5Budget and internet researchActivity 4
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What is a sweatshop anyway? .....................................................................................7Social Justice EducationActivity 5
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Pulling It All Together .................................................................................................8Reflection and Class Discussion*Inspired by Gutstein, E. & Peterson, B. (Ed). (2006).
 Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers
. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Rethinking Schools, Ltd.
 
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Activity 1 - Where are our clothes made?
Students will bring in their favorite item of clothing. On a note card, students write the countryof origin for their article of clothing and its continent by using the categories below. The teacherwill distribute post-it notes for them to write the country in which their item was made in on it.Students then attach their post-it to the world map in the front of the classroom. Students willturn in their note card to the teacher.The class will then discuss if there is an emerging pattern and why they think it exists.Using the information on the note cards, students will create graphs to illustrate the distributionof the makers of the clothing using the following categories as defined by wikipedia.com1. Eurafrasia 1.1 Africa 1.2 Eurasia 1.2.1 Asia 1.2.2 Europe 2. America 2.1 North and Central America 2.2 South America 3. Oceania 3.1 Australia and New Zealand 3.2 Melanesia 3.3 Micronesia 3.4 Polynesia 4. Antarctica 
 
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Activity 2 - Where is the best place to manufacture clothes?
You are hired by a clothing manufacturer. They are considering locations for production of theirsweatshirts and long-sleeved t-shirts. You have been asked to evaluate the locations and reportback to the CEO on which location best serves the company.The company already owns the equipment needed for the factory. They know that the newfactory needs 100 workers to run the equipment to create their products. They plan on sellingtheir sweatshirts for $50 each and long-sleeved t-shirts for $40 each. The material needed foreach sweatshirt costs $4 each and the t-shirts are $3.50 each. The company has budgeted $15,000for labor costs. Each sweatshirt takes approximately 14.4 minutes and each long-sleeved t-shirttakes approximately 9.18 minutes to create (source: http://www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=103).
Create a report that includes the company’s maximum profit for each country, a detailed list of 
the constraints relative to each country, and a graph explaining how you determined themaximum profit.
Honduras
The workers in Honduras make 75 cents per hour and work 6 days a week in 11 hourshifts (source: www.nlcnet.org
 
).
Guatemala
The workers in Guatemala earn $1.12 per hour and work 12 hour shifts 5 days aweek (source: www.nlcnet.org
 
).
China
The workers in China earn $0.32 per hour. They have 80 hour work weeks. (source:www.nlcnet.org
 
).
Ethiopia
The workers in Ethiopia earn 25 cents per hour (source: www.zmag.org
 
). They work 75 hour work weeks.
Madagascar
The workers in Madagascar earn $0.33 per hour (source: www.zmag.org
 
). Theyhave 90 hour work weeks.
Nicaragua
The workers in Nicaragua earn 41 cents per hour and work 8 hour days (source:www.nlcnet.org
 
). They work 6 days a week.
United States
The workers in the United States earn $6.00 an hour and work a forty hour work week.

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