I am a local teacher and songwriter, and while driving around recently I was listening to KOGO and heard an interesting discussion about the fiscal problems the older generation seems to be piling upon the younger generation and how some see intergenerational strife in our future. I teach U.S. history to middle school students and I am always striving to create connections from what I am teaching about the past to the contemporary world the students live in.
When I teach about George Washington’s presidency and his farewell address, we look at where he argued that it was wrong to put the costs of today onto the next generation, then as a class we look online at the National Debt Clock. I refresh the webpage after a couple of minutes of discussion and it usually has gone up another $100 billion or so. For the rest of the school year, we make periodic checks on the debt and this is something that really sticks with these kids. I recently wrote and recorded as part of my Professor Presley History Rocks educational music series a new song entitled “The National Debt” which focuses on the fiscal problems we face and the efforts of the Concord Coalition to bring more attention to these issues nationally. I am hoping to make a cool “Schoolhouse Rock”-type of animated video to go with this song in the near future.
Bill Reynolds is a local teacher.
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