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Standards Index: Topic 9.6: Challenges of the 21st Century
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Skill 5.B: Explain how a historical development relates to another historical development.
Theme 8: Social Structures (SOC)
Watts Uprising and the Militarization of Policing
Students will learn how racial discontent in the 1960s led to the creation of the nation’s first SWAT team, how the War on Drugs of the 1980s caused SWAT teams to be repurposed for drug raids, and how, in recent years, the SWAT approach to policing has fueled a nationwide trend: the militarization of local police departments.
Influencing Public Policy: Vaccines
Students will learn about the importance to public health of vaccines. They will gain news literacy by examining troubled reporting and public health messaging around the measles vaccine, and discover why we’re dealing with the repercussions today.