Cost of Tuition at a Public University in Ohio Compared with Potential Minimum Wage Earnings, 1981-2020
graph from Rich Exner/Cleveland.com; slow reveal by Norma Gordon (@normabgordon) and Meghan Lewis
(Slide deck includes notes and questions to elicit discourse)
Type of Graph: line graph
Source: Exner, Rich. “See just how much a minimum wage job increasingly falls short of paying for college these days: That’s Rich!” Cleveland.com: October 08, 2020.
Additional Paired Texted/Resources:
- Berman, Jillian and Jay Zehngebot. “Paying for your college, 30 years ago vs. today: Tuition rises faster than minimum wage, early-career salaries.” MarketWatch: November 21, 2017.
- Vox. “What the US Gets Wrong about Minimum Wage.” YouTube: August 15, 2019.
- Next Gen Personal Finance Presents: Payback (Online Simulation about college expenses)
- Spent (Online Simulation)
Potential Math Content: line graph, estimating values, scale along the y-axis, scale along the x-axis, slope
Potential Content Connections: money and finances, debt crisis, college, tuition, minimum wage