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The income gap  illustrated with candy corn

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Current Event October 31, 2013

The Income Gap, Illustrated with Candy Corn


In the last 30 years the rich have become richer. Lower-income earners gained 18%, the middle class earned 40%, and the top 1% of wage earners gained 275%. What's a good way to illustrate to students how the gap as widened? Candy Corn! Listen to this story to hear an audio graph of the income gap. Then discuss with students what it means for an economy and society with a large income gap and possible alternatives to redistribute wealth more evenly.

Mathematics Economics Civics/Government Elementary

Story Length: 3:18

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National Public Radio © 2011 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 10/29/2011


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