Exploring Economics Ask students to brainstorm what types of costs schools face. Write their answers on the board. Help them understand the hidden costs, such as salaries, building upkeep, supplies, and more. Then ask students to think about the money their family invests in their education in addition to these costs. Examples include clothing, extracurricular activity costs, supplies, and more. Finally, discuss what America should do about the rising costs of schooling.
Comparing to Gain Understanding Ask students to research more on what school life was like in the 1800s, to help them compare then to now. Then, ask students to write a diary or journal entry from the points of view of students from that time, reflecting different social classes. How do their entries differ? What role did work play in the lives of children in the working class in the 1800s? Would they even be able to write a diary entry?