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Unit 13 SOL Review

Contemporary America (Government, Economic, Social, and Technological Changes)

TermDefinition
Communication advancements Communication improvements because of Space Race & military conflicts: Satellites, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Personal Communication Devices (cell phones, I pads, laptops)
Effects on the workplace Telecommuting (working over internet), Outsourcing (example: hiring another company to do all your hiring), Offshoring (moving jobs to other countries), and growth of service industries
Effects on Education Distant learning- online classes
Online courses students learning from home via the internet
Medical research Breakthroughs in medical research, medical diagnostics (testing)and imaging technologies (MRI).
Global information access to worldwide information through the Internet
Bilingual education some instruction in student’s native language in addition to being taught English
Personal devices wireless phones, IPads
Business outsourcing Hiring another company to perform a service previously performed by employees “in-house”; example: outsourcing information technology work (computer processing)
Business off-shoring the relocation of a company or part of a company from one country to another—typically a production process, such as manufacturing, or a supporting service, such as accounting
Increase in service industry more Americans work in areas that provide a service to customers; examples: restaurants, clothing stores, banks
Space race started in 1957; US & USSR competed to be the first to explore outer space w/satellites, sending a human into space & landing a person on the moon
Telecommuting working/communicating via Internet, phone or video instead of traveling to work or to a meeting,
Space exploration advancements Space Shuttle, Mars Rover, Voyager missions, Hubble Telescope
Sally Ride first American female astronaut to go into space
John Glenn first American astronaut to orbit the Earth
Sandra Day O’Connor first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg second Woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Jewish female justice.
Clarence Thomas second African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. (after Thurgood Marshall)
Ronald Reagan 40th President of the U.S.; CONSERVATIVE Republican; cut taxes, reduced government regulations & programs (moved many to states), strengthened the American military, appointed judges who exercised “judicial restraint”
George H. W. Bush 41st President of the U.S.; Republican; president during the fall of the Berlin Wall and communism in the Soviet Union, and during the Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm)
William “Bill” Clinton 42nd President; “Centrist” Democrat who worked well with a Republican Congress to control spending
George W. Bush George W. Bush 43rd President of the U.S.; Republican; president during the 911 terrorist attacks, initiated the Patriot Act that started the Homeland Security Department; president at the start of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq
Created by: catherine_pace