5E Educator

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This electronic publication is designed to provide secondary teachers with economics content and classroom activities available from the Federal Reserve System. We are currently working to refresh the publication format. Check back in the fall for the new version. You can view past issues here.

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August 16, 2013
Spring/Summer 2013

The debt of the U.S. government is at historically high levels, but how do we know whether debt levels are worrisome? What are the potential consequences for the U.S. economy and monetary policy if large fiscal imbalances persist? This issue of 5E Educator explores these questions and highlights the distinctions between monetary and fiscal policy through an article excerpt, classroom activities and other resources.

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July 26, 2012
Spring/Summer 2012

What does it mean to live in poverty? How is poverty measured? Why do some countries thrive while others do not? This edition of the 5E Educator explores the issue of poverty and the role of institutions in fostering economic growth and reducing poverty.  Article excerpts, a classroom activity and additional resources are included to help you and your students explore these questions.

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November 15, 2011
Fall 2011

In this edition of the 5E Educator, two articles shed light on the causes of – and possible impediments to – recoveries. These articles pose such critical questions as: What factors determine the strength of recoveries? Why has unemployment been so severe? We hope these articles and accompanying activities encourage students to consider the underlying causes and complexities of economic recoveries and generate meaningful discussion about what lies ahead.

May 20, 2011
Spring 2011

This issue of the 5E Educator focuses on a key financial decision – financing higher education. Inside the issue is a feature article on student loan debt, complemented by several activities and lesson plans, designed to prompt thoughtful discussion about this decision and the expected returns from investment in human capital.

February 2, 2011
Winter 2010/2011

This issue of 5E Educator explores the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy. Inside this issue are several lesson plans and activities designed to prompt thoughtful discussion on immigration and the economy. Consider beginning your classroom discussion today!

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April 14, 2010
Spring 2010

This issue considers whether quantitative measures alone capture quality of life. Also discussed are important economic concepts relevant to the recent recession and recovery along with several lesson plans and resources specially selected to enhance your 21st Century classroom.

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November 9, 2009
Fall 2009

In this issue, you will find articles that examine the costs and benefits associated with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Cap and Trade policies. You will also find active lessons to teach your students about the issues...

April 27, 2009
Spring 2009

Read about the battle between Andrew Jackson and Nicholas Biddle, the head of the Second Bank of the United States. Learn how Jackson was finally able to kill the Bank, and pick up great ideas for teaching your students about the issues that have confronted U.S. central banking.

January 3, 2009
Winter 2008/2009

This issue features new research that examines the relationship between your ability to resist dessert and your savings behavior. You'll also find engaging lesson plans and resources presented in the newsletter.

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