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How big is five trillion? Does the debt matter? Should the surplus pay off part of the debt or come into taxpayer's pockets?
Questions like these show what a complex topic the national debt is. One way to make sense of complex things is to divide the topic into roles that different highlight different viewpoints.
Your job is to adopt one of the four roles below and to develop a deeper understanding of how that person might see the issues. You do not have to agree with the role, but you should do your best to fairly represent it. Why? Because your team needs to come up with a good answer to the big Question and you can get a better answer when you really debate the details and viewpoints.
Each role has its own step-by-step process to guide you. Remember to check the Rubric to see how your individual effort can be assessed.
When you're ready, click on the picture below for your role.
|Number Cruncher||Fact Checker|
|Growth Advocate||Budget Balancer|
Created May, 1996. Last revised February, 2005
by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com
Applications Design Team/Wired Learning
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