US Debt Infographic

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 1:15pm.
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One of the ideas that came out of the Development & Research meeting on UFR professional development videos and promotion was the EdLab creating digital and print infographics to highlight some aspect of the curriculum.

I found this infographic on the percentage of the US national debt on our country’s overall GDP through past presidential administrations. It interestingly starts with the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) through to the current Obama administration. Many of the social programs Americans enjoy today, e.g. social security (for how long we will enjoy this is open to debate), were created during FDR’s administration as part of his New Deal to reinvigorate America’s ailing economy following the Great Depression. The infographic also highlights the party in control of both the presidency and Congress during this time period (1940-2012). The idea there is to show periods of economic stability and recessions are not specific to one party or fiscal policy.

What are some ways in which we can use infographics such as this to promote the curriculum?

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Joann Agnitti's picture
Joann Agnitti Says:
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 5:12pm

You may have already discussed this one, but here is my favorite debt-related "illustrative example" (I'm not sure if it qualifies as a inforgraphic):

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I saw it on Facebook a while ago (note the outdated debt numbers) but it's also explained here.


Brian Hughes's picture
Brian Hughes Says:
Tue, 03/06/2012 - 9:58pm

Boy, that makes it REAL!


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Kate Meersschaert Says:
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 2:13pm

George, I'm glad you are reinvigorating the UFR infographic debate! Manav & I are going to present a special D&R on infographics & data viz tomorrow & we hope the team can brainstorm some synergies for these graphics across our tools! I think there are many potential uses with UFR:

1) to visualize the scope of the curriculum & create a visual "highlight reel" across a timeline 2) to pull-out a specific event from the current economic crisis & use graphics to compare it to a similar event from the past.