Mathalicious: Distributive Properties

Have income distributions in the U.S. improved over time?

The American Dream promises that with hard work and determination, anyone has an opportunity for upward mobility. Does everyone truly have an equal chance of climbing the ladder to success, or are some people stuck at the bottom?

In this lesson, students will analyze income distributions of the three most populous racial/ethnic groups in America to evaluate whether or not these distributions have become more equitable over time. Using data from the 2013 US Census, students compare percentages of total income earned by different subgroups of the working population and decide whether or not the “American Dream” is equally achievable by all Americans.

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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics
Social Studies Topics
Economics & Finance
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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