Blog #162 – Final Exam – Shark Tank
So I have read about the Shark Tank simulation for years on Facebook APUSH teacher pages, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off until I found a format that worked for our classes. I was debating doing other simulations that I have done in the past, but I was concerned about pacing or covering enough material before the final. Once I figured out we had a couple of flexible days, we did it, and I don’t regret it. It was a lot of fun, and I think I can make some tweaks and make it even better for the next time I use it in the future. That’s where I need your help. (See final question).
What we see in the antebellum time period (1800-1860) was an amazing amount of groundbreaking inventions that we are still seeing the ramifications of in our modern day (though some are still used today like the railroads, textile mills, typewriters, etc., they no longer dominate today like they did the 19th and early 20th centuries). But a few of them had incredibly transformative effects on America and the world.
Yet, the Shark Tank simulation reinforced two ideas in my mind about the importance of capital to help new inventions get off the ground, as well as the great need for workers to help make those inventions become more popular and reach a broad audience. And there still seems to be a constant battle capital and labor as seen in many of the labor conflicts we have seen in the past two years or so. For instance, back when the auto companies were facing bankruptcy in 2009, their workers took huge hits to their salary and benefits in order to keep the companies afloat, but since then, the companies have recovered and the workers want to share in their companies’ earnings. And with the strikes, the companies could do little.
Questions to consider:
1. Which of the inventions we highlighted do you think had the greatest impact on America in the long term? Explain why.
2. Why do you think there is such constant tension between capital and labor? (This will be a theme we will explore for the rest of the year). Explain your answer.
3. Tell me your role in the simulation – Shark or Inventor – and give me one thing you really liked about the simulation and one thing that could be improved. Explain your answers for both.
400 words total for all three answers. Due Wednesday night, Nov. 22, by midnight.