Interested in teaching students about the fundamentals of election redistricting following the decennial census? TeachingWithData.org, a project partnering SSDAN with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, points to free resources with an informative look at the issue. The ReDistricting Game, a resource from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center, provides a series of fun and educational activities that illustrate how the redistricting process can be exploited leading to oddly shaped legislative and congressional districts
A recent Data in the Newspost spotlighted a daily chart from The Economist that compared inequality in a number of OECD countries. The United States did not fare well, finishing third from the bottom in relative poverty (“measured by the share of the population earning less than half the median income”), only ahead of Chile and Mexico (Brazil is also on the chart, but it is not an OECD country). The Gini coefficient, another measure of inequality for which a score of zero indicates perfect equality and one perfect inequality, also suggested that the United States is trailing comparable countries in the fight against inequality. The U.S. finished fourth from the bottom, beating out South Korea, Mexico and Chile.