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Making Economics Personal

Let’s face it. It can be bit of a challenge to get students excited about economics. High school students are often more interested in how they can buy the coolest clothes and gadgets than they about the United States’ fiscal cliff. Time to make economics personal for teens. While the United States is facing a […]


Why You Buy: The Psychology of Shopping

Put on your armor and steel yourself for battle—‘tis the season for retail shopping.  Black Friday became Grey Thursday this year as retailers such as Target, ToysRUs, Walmart, and Best Buy opened on Thanksgiving Thursday for Black Friday sales. With up to a quarter of their annual sales occurring between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and increased […]

The Washington Monument: A Tribute to Our First President

There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. ~ George Washington, address to Congress, January 8, 1790 The Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington as a tribute to his military leadership during the American […]

Choosing a President in 2012

Who can vote in the upcoming presidential race, and how do voters decide who will best represent their interests? Students will explore voting rights, the Electoral College, this year’s candidates and the important issues facing the United States today. The World Wide Web supplies rich graphics, interactive games and an engaging short video with animated […]

The Importance of Elections and Voting

The voting age is 18; so why would kids be interested or concerned with the 2012 election just around the corner? While the last presidential election saw the highest percentage of the U.S. Voting Age Population (V.A.P.) voting since 1968, the gloomy fact is the percentage was 57% (63% of the V.A.P. voted in 1968 […]

Patriotic Songs

You are in the arena to see a basketball game. After the teams warm up, they go back to their side of the court and stand in a line. A singer walks up to the microphone, all eyes turn to the lighted flag, people in the audience take off their hats and rise. Why do […]

The Congressional Medal of Honor

At 25, First Lieutenant Vernon Baker, a former servant, risked his life to save the wounded of World War II; at 77 he would receive the Medal of Honor… In 1941, Vernon Baker was tired of being a railroad porter and servant. He decided to enlist in the Army. Four years later, at the age […]

Measuring Unemployment and Poverty in an Economic Recession

Jobs. Income. Security. With a job, one can maintain an income and access to resources such as insurance and future financial security. With a job, one contributes to a larger team or project and reaps the benefits of enhanced skills, broader knowledge base, and wider circle for social networks. With a job, one finds purpose […]

Taking Count: the United States Census

What has happened every ten years since 1790 and helps the government to run more efficiently? It is the census. As required by the Constitution, every ten years the United States takes a census of its population. The government uses the data from the census to determine apportionment for the House of Representatives and the […]

Harrison Bergeron and the pros and cons of equality

A good debate entertains, provokes, and challenges. A controversial dystopia does the same. Put them together and you have one engaging lesson. In Kurt Vonnegut’s classic dystopia, Harrison Bergeron, the government achieves equality (and avoids inferiority) by hampering or disabling individual talents. For example, intelligence is hampered with headphones that transmit distracting noises, strength is […]

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