Check out this article about the amount of police calls that come from Walmart. Police salaries are paid by taxpayers. Do you think taxpayers should pay for Walmart police calls?
SS.912.FL.1.6: Explain that taxes are paid to federal, state, and local governments to fund government goods and services and transfer payments from government to individuals and that the major types of taxes are income taxes, payroll (Social Security) taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes.
After watching the video, read what the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education has to say. Now think about yourself. Are you ready for college or a career? What do you have to do to better prepare yourself? What are some decisions you might have to make if you want a good career? What types of education or training would give you a better chance? Education is a lot of work. What are the costs of working at an education? What else do you have to give up; what are the opportunity costs of obtaining training or an education? What are the monetary costs? Are there costs to your social life? What are the future benefits?
What's next for you? Check out this political cartoon from Tampa Bay Times NIE and discuss your future choices. What does this image suggest? What are some things you can do to avoid large student debt? Conduct some research and make a plan. Then create your own political cartoon about smart choices for student loans and saving for college or other post high-school training.
SS.912.FL.1.2: Explain that people vary in their willingness to obtain more education or training because these decisions involve incurring immediate costs to obtain possible future benefits. Describe how discounting the future benefits of education and training may lead some people to pass up potentially high rates of return that more education and training may offer.
Do you spend too much time on screen? How often do you use mobile devices? Computers? Television? Watch the video below from Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education to take some screen time to find out how screen time might affect you!
When you make a screen time decision, what are some other things you can do? If you choose to use the screen, what is something else you give up? That is your opportunity cost of screen time.
There are different ways to use screen time. Some screen time is a more valuable use of time. How are you using your screen? Are you consuming? Or are you using the screen to creatively produce something? How might your consuming or producing behaviors have positive or negative effects on others?
Create a poster or public service announcement to help younger children learn to use screen time wisely this summer.
SS.912.FL.2.2: Analyze situations in which when people consume goods and services, their consumption can have positive and negative effects on others.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.