The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Tooth Fairy Is Lowering Payments

Less Money Under Pillows for 2nd Year in a Row.


(CreativeNature R.Zwerver/Shutterstock)

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/08/17/Survey-Tooth-Fairy-paying-less-for-second-year-in-row/5991439848364/

1)  In what ways is truth acquired about the economy?  What are the limits to economic surveys?  How could someone disprove the existence of the tooth fairy to a child who believes?  

2)  How might a 28 year old think about this differently than a 68 year old?  Why might a dentist view this differently than an economist?

3)  To what degree is this connected to history?  Science?

4)  What would happen if the number suddenly spiked next year to $6/tooth.  Lowered to $1?  What are alternate explanations for the reduced rate?

5)  What are some basic assumptions about giving money to children?  In what ways is it appropriate to allow children to believe in the tooth fairy?  Not appropriate?

Extension Activities:  

1)  Students can research the tooth fairy in various cultures and create a hybrid with the best features from five they researched.

2)  Students can identify multiple ways in which to gauge the health of an economy through holidays, superstitions, and conventional wisdom.

AoK:  Human Sciences

WoK:  Imagination


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