This graph is courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.
In The Classroom
Questions and content to explore with students could include:
What are the key takeaways from this graph? Cite your evidence
Describe the relationship between growth in productivity and workers wages since 1980 in three different ways
Compare trends in wages for different demographic groups
What is being measured on the Y axis?
Why do some of the lines dip below 0?
Productivity is growing at a faster pace than wages, so who is benefitting from this growth/gap?
Research disparities between CEO compensation and average worker pay. (Note: CEO compensation has grown 1,322% since 1978)
How Would You Use This News?
How would you use this graph in your classroom? What math content could it help students explore? Share your ideas in the comments.