When I come across articles like the following two, I regret (more than usual) not teaching AP Macro, or even normal economics. I think about trying to utilize them in my general business class but freshmen and sophomore just don't get the deeper meaning and don't make the connections from real-life examples to the principles in our book like higher-achieving seniors can. Plus I feel like initiating, leading and directing discussion is one of my weaknesses, and one that I hope to work on over the summer.
Regardless, I thought I'd share these two articles that I came across...
This first one about Norway's economy is from the NY Times. It touches on aspects of investing, economic systems, budget surplus, natural (and national) resources, and a mindset on financial management, government revenues in particular, quite different from our own, "We cannot spend this money now; it would be stealing from future generations."
The second article is from the Wall Street Journal about ever growing India and its strained infrastructure. Production possibilities, public goods, and infrastructure are illustrated.
Giving this a second read, maybe this stuff is just super boring to most people and only cool to me. Who knows? If that is the case, I will offer you this article from the NY Times about 12 students who have overcame incredible odds against them to achieve great things. This is one article that I do think will be able to be used in my classroom. Especially for some of our students who have it rough and like to use that as a excuse, it should be helpful for them to realize that there is always someone worse off and that it is possible to overcome serious challenges to your success.