The compelling question for this inquiry calls on students to consider whether conglomerates are good for the economy. Specifically, this focused inquiry is a case study of South Korean conglomerations, known as chaebols. After the Korean War, large sums of money were given to a handful of corporations (Samsung, Lotte, Hyundai, Daewoo, etc.) in order to spur economic growth in the South. The chaebols, including Samsung, Hyundai, and Daewoo, would play an important role in spurring economic growth by focusing on the export of cheap electroinc goods. At the same time, these chaebols were protected by the government because of the belief that they were “too big to fail.” Currently, corrupt business practices by chaebol leaders have led some Koreans to question whether or not chaebols should be dismantled. In this focused inquiry, students will work with a variety of sources in order to answer whether or not such conglomerates or chaebols are good for the economy. Although the focus of this inquiry is on Korean conglomerates, this examination has students wrestle with the idea of how countries should develop economically.
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the importance words have in easing or escalating diplomatic tensions. By investigating the compelling question “Can words lead to war?”, students evaluate the historical context of American tensions with North Korea. The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry and help students trace the evolution of the contemporary Korean Conflict through an analysis of how contemporary American presidents have communicated in general and specifically with North Korea. Students create an evidence-based argument about whether words can lead to war, and about the implications of social media for international diplomacy.
Under teacher direction and modeling, the whole class will read and annotate the opening of President Eisenhower’s The Chance for Peace speech from April 1953. The class will elaborate on the meaning of Eisenhower’s five precepts which govern America’s conduct in world affairs by brainstorming related synonyms, examples, or situations. Using the speech and supplemental brainstorming terminology, students will conduct advanced searches in the KWLF Interview Archive, locate interview segments which demonstrate whether or not the experiences and reflections of servicemembers fighting for the south align with the precepts Eisenhower later spoke of, and complete an accompanying chart. This relates to Korea because students will have a more in- depth understanding of the six decade-long military alliance between the U.S. forces and the South Korean army.
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the consequences faced by children of war, including hunger, displacement, trauma, and the loss of family and stability. By investigating the compelling question “How does war affect children?” students attempt to contextualize the consequences of war on children. The formative performance tasks help students build knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry as they examine the experiences of Korean children during the war, the role members of the armed forces played in helping these children, and the human costs of displacement and war. Students create an evidence-based argument about Korean children’s war-time experiences and members of the armed forces’ role in helping the children and then write historical questions about the human costs of displacement and war to prepare for a guided Socratic Seminar.
This chapter discusses the military strategy for holding the Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War.
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the uses and misuses of media such as leaflets and radio broadcasts during the Korean War, and the uses and misuses of media in contemporary society, politics, and war. By investigating the compelling question of how media can be used to influence others, students attempt to explore the uses and misuses of media through historical and contemporary lenses. The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills developed through the inquiry and help students demonstrate the specific ways media was used and misused during the Korean War and in contemporary society, politics, and war.
The compelling questions for this inquiry call on students is to research the history of diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea. How to talk with North Korea has been an important diplomatic question for US presidents from Truman to Trump. At times that question has been answered with the use of direct diplomacy with North Korea, and at other times with the use of indirect diplomacy—compelling other countries to impose sanctions and other punitive measures on North Korea. At the present time, Kim Jong-un, the current leader of North Korea, has pushed forward on nuclear armament at a much faster pace than his predecessors, fueled by worsening political relations with the international community. Additionally, despite assertions that North Korea would have to choose between its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its economic development, the North Korean economy has continued to grow amid worsening sanctions and waning international trade. These developments have brought the relationship between the United States and North Korea to the forefront of international relations. Students will attempt to understand how we have talked—and are talking—with North Korea, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each approach to answer the question, “How should the United States talk with North Korea, and why is it important in the resolution of North Korean issues?”
This chapter focuses on the legacy of the Korean War, including the simulataneous demoncratization and modernization of South Korea.
This chapter discusses the multiple political perspectives during the Cold War that led to the Korean War.
The main focus of this lesson is for students to understand the importance of remembering and honoring veterans of the Korean War. Students will acquire an intellectual and emotional understanding of the issues surrounding the Korean War. These understandings will come from students’ exposure to a variety of sources including: photographs, maps, teacher presentations, and most importantly, interviews with veterans.
This chapter discusses General MacArthurs' strategies as the military headed north towards the Yalu River.
This chapter focuses on the pre- Korean War context in the United States and the broader Western world.