The Growing Divide

The Growing Divide

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At UFE, we believe that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial wealth divide, and tear communities apart.  We support and help build social movements for greater equality.

Closing today's growing economic divide is UFE's main objective.

From our perspective, the gap between the rich and the poor is a better measure of the health of our economy than the S&P 500 or the Dow. Today, the concentration of privately held wealth at the top is at its highest peak since 1929, the year the financial markets crashed and gave rise to the Great Depression of the 1930s. At that time, 25% of the population was out of work.

Despite our economy being mired in the deepest recession since the 1930s, people in the top 1% continue to own as much wealth as those in the bottom 90%, and education is essential to reversing this trend and constructing a strategy for recovery.

Popular Economics Education

UFE's popular economics education curricula give teachers, trainers, discussion leaders, and organizers tools for presenting key economic data and trends in accessible and engaging ways that stimulate discussion.

Click here to download an activity and accompanying charts*, from the Growing Divide workshop, that explore the distribution of wealth in the US.

* For access to the full workshop (step-by-step teacher's curriculum guides, sets of charts, and lists of additional resources), please login.

UFE has created a number of other workshops to help people understand how economic inequality affects all of us and what we can do about it. Visit our Workshops page to learn more.

In 2007, UFE published a high school economics curriculum based on The Growing Divide workshop called Teaching Economics As If People Mattered. TEAIPM contains twenty-one 50-minute lesson plans, include participatory activities, charts, talking points, additional readings, and more. This book can be purchased from Dollars & Sense.