Nov 05 2009

Kids on the Economy

Published by at 5:13 am under Education

Small Town Hall | Marketplace From American Public Media.

I love this! Marketplace Public Radio convened a “Small Townhall” with eight middle school aged kids to ask them questions about the economy. The idea is that the economic decisions made by today’s business leaders, policymakers, academics and grown-ups in general will have huge effects on today’s youth when they grow up, so why not ask them what they think of the big economic issues today? In my own classes, I often refer to the US national debt as a “teenager tax” since it will ultimately be paid back through higher taxes by income earners in the future. Well, these kids are those future income earners.

The questions the kids are asked:

  1. Should kids be allowed to have credit cards?
  2. Do you know what the recession is?
  3. What is the deficit?
  4. Has the recession changed your dreams?
  5. What do you think about debt?
  6. Do you have any investment advice?
  7. What do you think about saving money?

My favorite is the kid’s explanation of the current recession. If one of my 18 year old year two IB Economics students could explain the recession as well as this 12 year old, I’d be one proud teacher!

About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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