Sim Sweatshop

posted Aug 13, 2013, 7:54 AM by chelsea wilson   [ updated Nov 7, 2013, 1:03 AM ]
This is a great online resource to use when teaching about sweatshops. It educated students on the conditions of people working within sweatshops in developing counties. It teaches you the economic and social aspects of living in a developing nation, trying to make a living working in a shoe factory. You have to slave away doing 12 hour shifts just to put food on the table and support your family. It is possible to save a bit of money and improve your condition, but in reality you are mostly living day by day. My class spent the last 20 minutes of the lesson playing the game and after we spent a few minutes talking about how it made them feel. For most students, it made them really understand just how hard it is to be a sweatshop worker and they had a more compassionate outlook and a greater desire to learn more and try to resolve this problem.