September 5, 2021

Students discuss the historical role of unions in the U.S. - and how a younger generation of workers is seeking to build unions that address their needs.

July 25, 2021

Students explore the debate over the U.S.'s rising military budget and where young people stand on the issue.

March 19, 2021

Students grapple with numbers in the news, from the minimum wage bill to Bezos's billions.

February 8, 2019

The economy is growing. Why aren’t people feeling it?  This lesson has students examine whether the way economists measure the health of the economy actually reflects the reality Americans experience. Students explore alternative measures that some countries and states have begun to adopt aimed at...

May 19, 2018

Participants learn about discriminatory housing laws that help explain the U.S.'s enormous racial wealth gap, and consider how these laws may have affected their own families and communities. 

July 23, 2011

The theories of Freire and Ayers--and the Massachusetts curriculum framework--guide Emma Rose Roderick in creating a unit plan for fifth-graders on work (Freire, Ayers & an Economics Lesson for Fifth Graders).

May 20, 2011

Students read and discuss two very different views on the role of government and individuals; work in groups to complete a cut-and-paste activity of those views; and participate in an Opinion Continuum activity to consider and discuss their own views.

January 7, 2011

Activity and reading on soft money and hardball politics.

February 16, 2010

  Students analyze new evidence of growing wealth disparity based on race and ethnicity and overall U.S. economic inequality. Then they consider what they and others might do to reduce inequality.

December 2, 2009

Two student readings focus on the reasons for rising gas prices as well as the true social and environmental costs of oil, with discussion questions and an internet inquiry.