Council for Economic Education Asks "What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?" in Student Video Contest

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CEE Makes the Presidential Race a Teachable Moment with Video Contest

The elections offer a unique teaching moment for educators, a natural tie-in to financial and economic education that couldn’t be more timely.

As election season moves into full swing, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) makes the presidential race a teachable moment for economic and financial literacy. Kicking off the new school year, CEE will give students a chance to weigh in on the economy they’ll one day inherit, holding a video contest asking K-12 students, via their teachers, “What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?”

Starting today, students in classrooms all over the country can present their best ideas for how to improve the economy in one minute or less. One winner will receive the “Economists’ Choice” award, determined by a panel of prominent economists and it’s up to the viewing public to choose the “Viewers’ Choice” recipient. Prizes include $25 iTunes gift cards for student(s) participating in each winning video and a $500 American Express gift card for their teacher and classroom.

Videos can be submitted until 11:59 pm on September 30. To learn more and upload a video visit CEE’s Student Video Contest Page. Voting is open to the public from October 1 through October 15. Winners will be announced October 23.

This will be the third time CEE has presented the presidential video contest to students. Joel Nick, a teacher whose classroom participated and previously won the Economists’ Choice award, observed that, "the video contest inspired my students to learn more about current economic policy.” He continued, “their collaboration and problem-solving led to a tangible reward which delighted the entire district and allowed our Economics club to purchase some much-needed materials. I am grateful to CEE for this opportunity which greatly benefitted my students and our school."

“The elections offer a unique teaching moment for educators, a natural tie-in to financial and economic education that couldn’t be more timely,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “Who we elect as our next president will have a profound impact on today’s economic landscape, with effects that are sure to reach the next generation of voters. We want to give them the chance to weigh in on the economy they’ll one day inherit.”

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading non-profit organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school - and we have been doing so for 67 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. EconEdLink – our free, online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources – attracts more than 1.1 million unique visitors each year.

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