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Teaching Market Crashes, Manipulation, and Gov Response

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I recently had my students study the Pecora hearings that led to the securities act of 1934 after the Great Depression. The very next lesson was viewing "The Big Short" and Dodd-Frank.

My students have written things in their exit tickets/assignments that are evidence of exactly the kind of suspicious and critical thinking mind I think we all share (and aim to help others with.)

I am convinced that it is morally imperative to teach this sort of thing. As one student wrote, "(after studying Pecora and "The Big Short") I now know you can't just go into any bank. You have to do the research and understand what tricks they might be trying to pull and how much risk you're willing to take."

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