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Financial problems examined in the classroom

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 1, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The economic bailout is history in the making, and Political Science classes at Darton College are watching the issue closely. 

Professors have encouraged student to bring in articles about the bailout to discuss in class.  They say students years from now will likely be studying about whatever actions the Congress takes. 

The economic bailout is the topic of nearly every news program and it's been the topic of conversation in Darton College Political Science classes.

 "We bring in certain articles from the media outlets and share those articles with the other students and we sort of do a mini debate to get us warmed up every day," says Sarah Kuck, Darton College Political Science Instructor.

Professors are drawing parallels for students from the Great Depression to what's happening now on Wall Street and in Congress and why sometimes government intervention is necessary.

 "We've talked about ideology, what President Bush is doing with this so called bail out, it's sort of a populous if not liberal action which encourages government intervention," says Roger Marietta, Darton College Associate Professor of Political Science.

Students are concerned and making parallels with their own lives and how their school loans may be affected by the credit situation.

 "My parents are retired they're worried about their pension.  My brothers worried about his career, he has a mortgage, a kid, a car loan payments. I worry about my education," said Darton College Student Chris Ziemba.

They're getting involved.  Teachers are encouraging students to write to their Congressional representatives and plan to make their voices heard election day.

 "This will be my first time voting, it's going to be a different experience," says Neil Entz, Darton student.

They'll be watching closely.  "Is it going to be historic in a good way or are we talking about 1929 historic here which is going to be in a bad way," Ziemba said.

To see how history will write itself. 

Students say recent actions have caused many of them to think more about their economic futures and many have begun saving money for tough economic times ahead.

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