Teaching Economics As If People Mattered

United for a Fair Economy’s (UFE) economic education curricula and workshops are dynamic resources for high school and adult continuing education teachers, and college faculty.
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United for a Fair Economy’s (UFE) economic education curricula and workshops are dynamic resources for high school and adult continuing education teachers, and college faculty. They can be easily incorporated into existing school curricula and offer a balance to traditional economics courses. These lesson plans emphasize a popular education learning environment that draws on the experience of learners, poses problems that encourage dialogue and reflection, and stimulates action.

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.


:: Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles, and Bailouts
:: Teaching Economics As If People Mattered
:: The Growing Divide: 10 Chairs Lesson And More


credit crisis graphic by Lilli Day, istockBankers, Brokers, Bubbles, and Bailouts


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.

Activities include:

  • 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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Teaching Economics As If People Mattered book coverTeaching Economics As If People Mattered


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:

  1. The Ten Chairs
  2. Signs of the Times
  3. Savings Accounts and Stocks
  4. Born on Third Base
  5. Defining Economics

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.



Caring handsThe Growing Divide


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.

(UFE) believes that the uneven distribution of wealth and power undermines the values of our country. The national nonprofit aspires to build communities that are socially and environmentally sustainable, where children are cherished and nurtured, and cultural and racial differences among people are valued and celebrated. Through participatory education, UFE supports and helps build social movements to establish an economy that works for all.


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