The New England Economic Adventure helps students understand economic growth and why we enjoy higher living standards today than did earlier generations. Examples from New England’s past are used to help explain how growth occurs. The target audience is middle and secondary school students. Teachers can arrange a class visit to the Economic Adventure at the Boston Fed, make use of the wealth of educational material available on this web site, or do both.
The resources provided in this section include teacher-ready lesson plans on economic growth-related themes, glossaries of economic terms used in the Adventure, and a helpful primer that examines how increasing labor productivity in the U.S. has resulted in rising living standards—the Adventure’s core message. In addition, the Historical Narrative of Economic Growth in New England provides in-depth perspective on the evolution of the region’s economy from 1600 to the present. Data-based student projects that sharpen analytical skills and games and activities that reinforce understanding of economic growth round out a full complement of teaching tools and resources. Finally, workshops for teachers focusing on various relevant topics will be scheduled periodically at the Boston Fed.