Here’s one example:
9. Understand Our World
How do economic factors like per-person G.D.P., unemployment and percentage of people living in poverty affect countries like Egypt and Libya? How do these countries compare to the United States in these categories?
Choose a country in the news and check out its vital statistics using The Times’s Countries and Territories index or the C.I.A. World Factbook. How do numbers like population, G.D.P., area and birthrate affect this country’s current position in the world? Find a country with similar vital statistics and compare them on the numbers. How are these countries similar? How are they different? What additional factors might explain the differences?
Or, take a deeper look at the numbers for the United States in our lesson about interpreting Census data.