Defining Economics How do you define economics? What's it all about? How does the economy relate to our lives and what's the difference between democracy as a political system and capitalism as an economic system?
|The Ten Chairs Musical chairs in High School? Absolutely! Students act out the distribution of wealth in the United States. What is wealth and who owns how much of it? What are assets and debts? What changes have families seen in their economic condition between 1976 and today?|
Saving Accounts & Stocks How do savings accounts function? What is interest? How do stocks function? What are dividends?
|Born on Third Base How do Americans acquire their fortunes? Is there really a level playing field or do some people start on third base? What impact does your level of wealth have on the types of assets you can acquire?|
|Signs of the Times What are the signs we are told to look for to gauge economic success? Does a rising GDP or GNP mean prosperity for all? What would a pro-family economic agenda look like?|
YES! recommends this passionate organization for its willingness to provide people—not just teachers and students—with current, relevant, and accessible information. As one workshop attendee said, “Through user-friendly charts, graphs, and games, they're able to present the hard reality of our current economic situation without making you feel beaten down.” The last thing we want to do is overwhelm our young people even more than they already feel. We applaud UFE for its focus on solutions.
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Here’s a resource that helps demystify the current economic crisis and gives concrete strategies for narrowing the economic divide. Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles, and Bailouts—commonly referred to as the ‘4 Bs’—begins with getting a grasp on the policies and practices that ushered in today’s financial downturn. Events and decisions leading to the housing bubble and its collapse are identified and analyzed. The impact of the crisis on jobs and families are deeply understood through thoughtful inquiry. Finally, strategies for rebuilding an economy that is more equitable for everyone are explored.
- Signs of the Times
- The Roots of the Economic Crisis
- Bankers and Brokers: The Rise of the Casino Economy
- Bubbles and Bailouts: The Housing Market
- The Consequences of Market Fundamentalism
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|Why This Crisis May Be Our Best Chance|
Wall Street is bankrupt. Instead of trying to save it, we can build a new economy that puts money and business in the service of people and the planet—not the other way around.
Enhanced versions of five lessons from UFE’s teachers’ guide, Teaching Economics As If People Mattered are available online from Reach and Teach at www.teachingeconomics.org. Animated presentations, easy-to-read charts, games, and role-playing help students not only understand basic economics but also engages them in reflection about the growing divide of wealth that is at its widest since the Great Depression.
The five hour-long lessons are:
Each thoughtfully packaged lesson includes: identified concepts and national standards, downloadable charts, an animated presentation, a list of things to do to prepare for teaching the lesson, and a menu of additional articles and other web resources. For the most up-to-date data, we suggest visiting the UFE web site.
Reach and Teach and UFE hope to make available an online version of the entire Teaching Economics curriculum (21 stand-alone lesson plans). The entire curriculum is currently available in book form through UFE. Click here to purchase the book.
These credit unions invest in their members and stand by them, even in hard times. And the members, in turn, stand by their communities.
|Young, Wealthy, Committed|
These 70 rich kids have gathered to talk about wealth, but the conversations aren't about BMWs or shopping sprees. Instead, the young people gathered at the Making Money Make Change conference discuss how to take responsibility for the money that has been entrusted to them.
|10 Ways to A Human Scale Economy|
The YES! perspective on 10 great innovations that prove change is not only possible, but underway. Tired of feeling powerless? See how to bring your economy home.
Closing today's growing economic divide is UFE's main objective. It seeks to do this through education and action. “The Growing Divide–The Roots of Economic Insecurity” workshop offers a menu of tools for self-study or teaching others about current economics and what we can do to address the disparity of wealth in this country.
Fact sheets, a glossary of economic terms, exercises, videos, articles, briefing papers, and a host of workshops are available at your fingertips. With these resources you’ll be equipped to hold an intelligent conversation or build a movement.
|People Power Pushed the New Deal|
Roosevelt didn’t come up with all those progressive programs on his own.
|Age-Old Wisdom for the New Economy|
Rebecca Adamson offers Native American views on scarcity, Wall Street, and how to thrive in hard times.
|How the Middle Class Got Stuck|
Surging prices, stagnant wages, spiralling debt. This is what stuck feels like.
YES! Magazine #47, Purple America