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Winners: Student Writing Contest – What Economic Advice Would You Give to POTUS?

We received close to 4,000 submissions from students all over the United States! The students addressed an array of topics that touched on current topics that personally mattered to them, their families and the communities they live in. Topics included healthcare, immigration, income tax, food, education and infrastructure.


My advice is to lift tariffs against goods imported from China because they hurt US citizens more than help them. Tariffs cause a domino effect–prices go up so people buy less, companies sell less, in result, companies go out of business and people may lose jobs.
Student: Kaida, 4th grade
Teacher: Leigh Ann Scanzera, The Potomac School, McLean, Virginia

My advice to POTUS is to reduce healthcare cost to grow our economy. Skyrocketing healthcare cost is hurting our economy and has become a major contributor to national debt. We need to control drug costs, limit medical malpractice lawsuits, and provide basic healthcare to everyone.
Student: Rachel, 5th grade
Teacher: Kerry DiFusco, White Eagle Elementary School, Naperville, IL

In order to rein in what many economists label as overheating economy, I would recommend to the President enacting contradictory demand-side fiscal policy by raising taxes. An increase in taxes would reduce disposable income for consumers, this decreasing consumption and shifting the demand curve leftward, closing the expansionary gap.
Student: Annelisa, 12th grade
Teacher: Amanda Stiglbauer, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, SC

  • The economic advice that I would give to the President of the United States would be to give out free scholarships so people could go to college and get a good education to get jobs. Then, they could pay taxes to help schools and roads get better.
  • You should make more schools and places that poor people can afford. If they can get an education and have a healthy life full of good choices that are available to them, it will make the country as a whole better.
  • Dear President Trump, We need more jobs so we can buy more food, water and home goods. We need to make jobs available for people who are poor. When people have jobs they have money to send which helps economic development.
  • I would tell them to focus on taking care of America’s sick people so they can survive and be happy. Helping the sick people get better will help them be able to go to work and support their families which will improve communities.
  • Mr. President, please work on balancing the budget because I don’t want to pay the debt when I’m older. Please fix social security so it will be there when I retire. Also, work on fixing our broken roads and bridges. Finally, continue cleaning up crime in our cities. Thank you Mr. President.
  • Raise minimum wage. With an estimated 43.1 million people in poverty and 39.6 million getting by on food stamps, a slight raise in minimum raise would do much to improve the lives of the impoverished and increase workforce and the gross national income.
  • I would tell the President to decrease economic regulations on businesses and lower corporate tax rate. This would allow small and big businesses to keep more of their earnings and allow them to raise wages. This would give every day Americans more disposable income increasing spending and thus increase tax revenue.
  • I think he should invest in ensuring that all families have access to free universal healthcare. Persuading Congress in proposing policies in favor of universal healthcare will solve the problem of the uninsured Americans. Healthcare ought to be a human right, not a political tool to gain votes.
GRADES 9-12:
  • Impoverished families should receive vouchers to move to neighborhoods with better opportunities. Research by Harvard economists on Moving to Opportunity, an experiment where this system was implemented, show that children who moved earned more as adults than those who did not since geographic mobility provides access to greater social capital.
  • My advice is for the Trump administration to stop isolating American from international trade deals, like NATO. Most economists agree that specialization — countries providing a small number of goods well, and trading with other countries for others – is best for all countries. International trade is where specialization thrives.
  • Don’t run the country the way that you run a business. Profit is not the most important objective. Decisions must be beneficial to people in America.
  • Economic prosperity will come in the future only if our citizens are well educated. Funds should go towards bettering education opportunities for children that live in low income communities. If these kids are given opportunities, they will receive better education and fuel our future economy.

POSTED: October 19, 2018 | BY: CEE Staff

Teaching Teachers the Ins and Outs of Financial Literacy

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  – Nelson Mandela

To fully appreciate this blog, we must first get real about the state of financial literacy in our country. 

The case for teaching teachers:

Research suggests that children begin developing attitudes and behaviors about money as young as six or seven, the same age most enter their first formal educational setting.  Surprisingly though, only 17 states require high school students to complete a course in personal finance.  According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 89% of teachers believe more should be done, but only 20% feel “very confident” to deliver any of the six curriculum topics surveyed.

Opportunity knocking…

In 2015, The North Carolina Council on Economic Education (Winner of the 2018 CEE Council of the Year Award) and Fidelity Investments® set out to change the narrative.  The original vision: Develop a stand-alone financial literacy professional development workshop designed to fully equip teachers with the resources needed to help students appreciate the importance of personal finance.  As the program quickly grew in popularity, so did a desire from educators to further improve their own understanding too.  Insert Jump$tatrt and their acclaimed “Financial Foundations for Educators” curriculum.  This combination of knowledge AND tools was the secret sauce for a lasting solution that continues to inspire financial futures today.  “Teacher Trainings” are now hosted in all 11 Fidelity Investments locations across the United States.

“When we can share our expertise, especially with the community, it’s an authentic way to give back and make a difference.”  – Pamela Everhart, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments












Student impact multiplier effect: 

Since inception, the program has reached more than 1,400 teachers and, in turn, 150,000+ students.

I look back at my younger self and I think about what I wish I’d known.  To be able to introduce these concepts to my students means they’re getting a jump start in life.” 

Krista Scarlett, Teacher, Goffstown High School, NH.

With more and more young people acquiring student loan debt, the need for personal finance is more dire than ever.  CEE will continue to play our part and – together with you – help combat those earlier, opportunistic statistics…one deserving student and teacher at a time.

Learn more about our mission and visit our free K-12 teacher website, EconEdLink where you can find personal finance and economic lesson plans, digital activities, videos, webinars, and more.

POSTED: October 11, 2018 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Produces Content for Minecraft: Education Edition


The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to announce new educational content released for Mojang and Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition. CEE released two free Minecraft lesson plans providing teachers, grades 3-5 nationwide the opportunity to further engage their students on the subject of economics via one of the most popular games in the world.

The lesson plans are designed for students to explore how to make smart economic choices in a team setting. When playing Minecraft, students will evaluate costs and benefits to help determine the types of resources needed to build a structure. In turn, when they’ve created a structure in Minecraft they will reflect on how their economic decisions made a positive or negative impact on their built environment.

“We are excited about our activities with the Minecraft Education team,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “The fact is that only 20 states require students to take a course in high school economics and it’s our mission to ensure kids at every age are given the opportunity to learn key economic concepts. Using Minecraft is a fun and easy way to teach kids about fundamental life skills – choices, costs, and benefits – all core principles of economics.”

CEE will continue to develop free Minecraft lesson plans tied to economic concepts for teachers to use in the classroom. To view the two free lesson plans, please visit:

Teachers can sign-up for a trial of Minecraft: Education Edition by visiting: http://education.minecraft.net/get-started/.

POSTED: March 8, 2017 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champions

BLOG Image - 2016 ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION TEACHING CHAMPIONSWe’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Awards, honoring three outstanding NYC metropolitan area teachers for excellence in economic education.  Demonstrating innovative teaching methods, lesson plans and learning strategies, these teachers are raising the bar for economic education, and will receive the Sloan Award at our annual Visionary Awards gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, October 26.

Selected by an expert panel of judges, this year’s winners stood out for their creativity and ability to effectively engage students. This year’s winning teachers are: Theresa Fisher, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT; Jonathan Joseph, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY; and Gloria Schneider, SAR High School, Bronx, NY.

“We applaud these outstanding teachers for their innovation and dedication to making economic concepts come alive for their students,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE President and CEO.  “We hope that by bringing awareness to their achievements, these educators will inspire their fellow teachers to bring economics and personal finance to every classroom.”

The winners will co-facilitate a training workshop for area teachers and share their best lessons with teachers nationwide through videos on Council for Economic Education’s teacher website, EconEdLink. Winners receive a $5,000 prize, and their schools receive a cash award of $2,500 to support economic and financial education.

Offered since 2013, the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards promote economic education at the high school level by recognizing and honoring teachers who effectively deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. The three award recipients provide students with an understanding of economics and the tools to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

Congratulations to these three outstanding teachers!

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Students Have Spoken: Vote for Your Favorite Economic Advice!

We asked students nationwide, “What economic advice would they give the next U.S. president?” and we received hundreds of creative and fun video entries. The topics ranged from increasing human capital, helping the homeless, cutting the military budget, free college tuition and more!


Voting period ends October 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


POSTED: October 3, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Topic on EconEdLink: Election Economics


The Council for Economic Education is pleased to announce the release of a series of lesson plans to help educators (grades 9-12) teach the election and economics in their economics, civics, government, and other social studies courses. The lessons are all available for free on our teacher website EconEdLink.

Topics covered include:

  • Can Election Futures Markets Be More Accurate Than Polls?
  • Voters and Elections (Who Votes and Why?)
  • Money and Elections, Economic Misery and Presidential Elections, and more

Throughout the summer, additional lessons will be added on important campaign topics as the campaign continues to unfold, and CEE will also be hosting a free webinar for teachers on how to incorporate these lessons into their classrooms.

To ensure that you receive information about upcoming webinars and new materials available on EconEdLink, you can register for free at the following URL: www.econedlink.org/register.

If you have any questions, please contact April Somboun.

POSTED: May 4, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,