The Purpose and Fairness of Tax

  • Posted on: 16 January 2020
  • By: KateArmour
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Ever since you could walk to the counter of your local dairy to buy yourself an ice block, you have been paying tax to the government. What the government does with the money it collects, as well as who pays tax and who doesn't are some of the questions we answer in this block.

While our focus is New Zealand, we will also use some examples from different countries to deepen our understanding of the topic. Think, for example, the Boston Tea Party, the British glass tax and the fact that Denmark and Sweden as two of the "happiest countries" in the world have two of the highest tax rates in the world.

Skills: cartoon analysis, survey creation, survey analysis and debating

Assessment: To create a short survey and analyse the results

The aims of this 5/6 Holistics course for 2020 are as follows:
*To provide a broad coverage of the four main strands of the social studies curriculum (the economic world, continuity and change [history], place and environment, and identity, culture and organisation);
*To integrate social studies strands with other curriculum areas where possible to enable a richer, more authentic learning experience;
*To teach and practise a range of social studies skills;
*To support students to transition from level 5 to level 6 of the curriculum; and
*To provide students with opportunities to participate in guided, structured ncea assessments.

For more information on the whole course, please check out the course overview.