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Topic: Domestic policies in late 20th century United States 

United States History

 Standard 30.  Understands developments in foreign policy and domestic politics between the Nixon and Clinton presidencies
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the domestic problems facing Presidents G.Bush and Reagan and the programs their administrations presented to deal with these issues (e.g., supply-side economic strategies, Reagan’s environmental program and the views of its supporters and opponents, how the Bush administration dealt with the recession, the effectiveness of the Republican administration in dealing with the Democratic congress)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the domestic problems faced by President Reagan and the programs presented to address these issues
     2.Knows the domestic problems faced by President Bush and the programs presented to address these issues
     3.Knows about supply-side economic strategies
     4.Knows about Reagan’s environmental program
     5.Knows the views of supporters and opponents of Reagan’s environmental program
     6.Knows how the Bush administration dealt with the recession
     7.Knows how effective the Republican administration was in dealing with the Democratic congress
   Benchmark 5.Understands the principal issues and legislation affecting organized labor in the post-World War II era (e.g., terms such as "open shop," "closed shop," "featherbedding," "right to work" laws; how the general public has perceived labor unions; the relationship between the Reagan-Bush administrations and organized labor)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the principles issues affecting organized labor following WWII
     2.Knows the legislation affecting organized labor following WWII
     3.Knows the terms “open shop,” “closed shop,” “featherbedding,” and “right to work” laws
     4.Knows how the general public has perceived labor unions
     5.Knows about the relationship between the Reagan administration and organized labor
     6.Knows about the relationship between the Bush administration and organized labor
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 4.Understands the major economic issues from the Reagan through the Clinton presidencies (e.g., why labor unions declined in recent decades, the impact of recession and the growing national debt on the Bush and Clinton administration's domestic agendas, the impact of Reagan's tax policies on the national economy)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the major economic issues during the Reagan administration
     2.Knows the major economic issues during the Bush administration
     3.Knows the major economic issues during the Clinton administration
     4.Knows why labor unions declined in recent decades
     5.Knows the impact of recession and the growing national debt on the Bush administration’s domestic agenda
     6.Knows the impact of recession and the growing national debt on the Clinton administration’s domestic agenda

Civics

 Standard 16.  Understands the major responsibilities of the national government for domestic and foreign policy, and understands how government is financed through taxation
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how and why domestic policies affect American citizens' lives, and knows historical and contemporary examples of important domestic policies (e.g., Pure Food and Drug Act, Environmental Protection Act, civil rights laws, minimum wage laws, Social Security)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how domestic policies affect American citizens’ lives
     2.Understands why domestic policies affect American citizens’ lives
     3.Knows historical examples of important domestic policies
     4.Knows contemporary examples of important domestic policies
     5.Understands the Pure Food and Drug Act
     6.Understands the Environmental Protection Act
     7.Understands civil rights laws
     8.Understands minimum wage laws
     9.Understands Social Security policies
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 2.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in major areas of domestic and foreign policy (e.g., health care, education, child care, regulation of business and industry, foreign aid, intervention abroad)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in major areas of domestic policy
     3.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in health care
     4.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in education
     5.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in child care
     6.Understands competing arguments concerning the role of government in the regulation of business and industry