Semifinal #1 of the Teachers Tournament from Washington, DC!
I know that some of you have been looking for stats. I should have the backlog up-to-date tomorrow morning.
|Nicole Throckmorton, an 11th grade English & creative writing teacher from Williamsburg, VA
||Kaberi Chakrabarty, an elementary bilingual teacher from Joliet, IL
||Peter Buchholz, a 6th grade US History and Language Arts teacher from Minneapolis, MN
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: LEGISLATION
Final Jeopardy! clue: The original law called this was passed in 1944; today there’s a “post-9/11” version that also pays for 36 months of university education
What is a GI Bill?
Nicole 9400 + 9400 = 18800
Peter 15600 + 7500 = 23100
Kaberi 26600 + 4601 = 31201
It has been heralded as one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever produced by the federal government—one that impacted the United States socially, economically and politically. But it almost never came to pass.
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944—commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights—nearly stalled in Congress as members of the House and Senate debated provisions of the controversial bill.
Some shunned the idea of paying unemployed Veterans $20 a week because they thought it diminished their incentive to look for work. Others questioned the concept of sending battle-hardened Veterans to colleges and universities, a privilege then reserved for the rich.
Despite their differences, all agreed something must be done to help Veterans assimilate into civilian life.
Much of the urgency stemmed from a desire to avoid the missteps following World War I, when discharged Veterans got little more than a $60 allowance and a train ticket home.
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