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Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching About the Federal Budget, National Debt and Budget Deficit, a non-partisan, inquiry-based curriculum will teach students the facts, significance and consequences for the United States and its citizens of public policies leading to persistent deficits and a growing national debt. The curriculum, designed for grades 7-12, will be organized around several questions:

  • What do we need to know and understand about the federal budget, national debt and budget deficit in order to make informed public policy choices that comport with our values and social goals?
  • What are our national fiscal practices, policies and priorities?
  • How should we address our nation’s enormous fiscal challenges today and in the future? What are the opportunity costs associated with not addressing the state of our nation’s budget, deficit and debt?

The curricula will incorporate books, primary sources, simulations, films such as “I.O.U.S.A” and other visual and digital media. It will be appropriate for students ranging from grade seven through college, and to be taught in five subject areas:

  • Civics/Government
  • Economics
  • U.S. History/Geography
  • World History/Global Studies/Geography
  • Mathematics.

We will distribute 100,000 copies of the UFR curriculum free-of-charge to interested teachers in every United States high school and college. Every American student will have the opportunity to learn these lessons by the time they graduate from high school or college. The curriculum will also be made available to college and university faculty.

The UFR curriculum will align with state and national curriculum standards. Because it is conceptual in design and organized around essential questions and principles of fiscal responsibility, the UFR curriculum will be both timely and timeless.

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