A friend of mine from Hopkins shared this with me earlier today, and I thought it was too fantastic not to share with all of you! In an effort to make government, economics and civics more interesting, People’s Pie is a role-playing game where each player must make crucial decisions in balancing the federal budget.
Here’s the description provided by the game-creators:
“Do you like to control your own money? In People’s Pie, you control the budget of the federal government! You choose how federal revenues should be raised and how taxpayers’ money should be spent. You must decide how to fund programs that are important to you, without setting taxes too high or borrowing too much money.” – iCivics
The best part about this game? It’s a FUN way to learn. In the process of trying it out, I got really into the game and ended up spending much more time with it than I planned! Plus, it is challenging – I couldn’t balance the budget in the end, which makes me much more compassionate for the people in charge who actually have to do that in real life.