In class, students will explore income disparity/ wealth inequality and how it affects their livelihood as a nation, and more personally, how it affects them as residents of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Students will start the class watching the Wealth Inequality in America video, which explores the way wealth is distributed in an easy-to-understand manner. After, students will briefly discuss what they’ve seen in the video, leading into touching on AccessUVA and how its related to inequality and wealth distribution. This leads into the interactive activity, where the students will be divided into 3 groups. Each group will be assigned a different area of Charlottesville (Charlottesville City near UVA, Darden Towe Park area and Bellair/ Liberty Hills) and a correlating median income. Each group will be given the same budgeting scenario, and each group’s outcome of the scenario will be based on their income
Overall, students should begin to see the wide gap in income not only in the country as a whole, but also right here in Charlottesville. Students will be able to feel hands-on the affect of the disparity through the activity and begin seeing the bigger picture on a smaller scale. Additionally, they should begin thinking of solutions or approaches to income disparity.
A great resource, which is also the homework assignment for this class is Inequality is Real, an interactive website where students can delve deeper into the concept of income and the way its distributed. They can even see their projected income, given their own demographics.
You can find the lesson plan for this class here.