I don't know how to do it. I've always prided myself in my ability to explain complicated current events to my students. For the most part, the trick is to relate the news to things they can understand. One of my favorites was likening Osama Bin Laden a few days after 9/11 to my stunned third graders to a dude who hired a bunch of thugs to break into houses and then destroyed stuff. The story went on from there.
But this one has me stumped. Maybe it is because I barely understand all the ins and outs myself. Usually, economic news leaves me kind of cold. But I really need to get a better understanding on this so I can explain it to a bunch of fourth graders.
I mean I could simply just teach them the meanings of the words arrogance, overconfidence, greediness, evilness, hypocrisy, and assholes, but I'm not sure if that's enough.
Any ideas on how to liken this whole situation to something they can understand? I'm stumped on this one.
2 days ago