Free Poptential™ Savings Program Adds Content to Explain Current Inflation and Recession Woes


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana— With inflation reaching its highest level in 40 years and talk of a looming recession, high school students are maturing in one of the toughest economies in recent history. To help them understand how we got here, Poptential™ has expanded and updated its Common Sense Economics digital curriculum to include recent economic events including the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues and the current inflation crisis. Click to tweet.

“The past two years, and this year in particular, have seen tremendous shifts in the US and global economies that will have implications for years to come,” said Julie Smitherman, director of content management at Poptential. “The beauty of a digital program is that it can be updated at any time, so we’ve added content to help explain those changes.”

Poptential Common Sense Economics is a standards-based, teacher-developed 15-week program. Topics are illustrated with pop culture media from sitcoms, movies, animation, cartoons, late night shows, and other sources, to help students better understand and retain a concept specific.

Modules available to address current economic trends include:

How the pandemic has influenced consumer preferences“The pandemic has had a profound impact on the supply and demand of many consumer goods. eBook Module 2 includes scenes from popular TV shows, Superstore and This is Us, highlighting how consumer behavior changed at the start of the pandemic. To encourage critical thinking, the module also includes a price gouging video offering an unconventional point of view.

Why inflation snowballed— There are different theories on the causes of inflation. In Module 6, the mini-lesson titled “Where Did All My Money Go?” ” Features a video explaining the origin of the inflation currently affecting the United Statesas well as the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curb inflation by raising interest rates.

The reasons for the surge in real estate prices—Unlike the housing bubble of 2008, the current rise in housing prices is due to a lack of supply. Module 6 contains a mini-lesson on housing bubbles and busts, featuring a Simpsons video on subprime mortgages and from the 2011 film Too Big to Fail this explains the ripple effects of these loans on the financial industry.

The potential program includes everything instructors need to teach a subject, including lessons, e-books, ringtones, quizzes, and tests. All content is available through our digital platform, allowing students to access courses even in low-bandwidth environments.

Potential course packages in American History, World History, U.S. Government/Civic Education, and Economics are available for free at

About Certell, Inc.

Certell is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a generation of independent thinkers. More than 30,000 teachers from across the United States have signed up to use Certell’s family of free Poptential™ social studies courses, and thousands more students are impacted by Certell’s college-level courses in law and in economics, and SensibleSchool™ education for homeschoolers, employees, and inmates. Certell course packs have won a number of awards including EdTech Digest Awards for Curriculum & Instructional Solution, Best Tech&Learning Tool for Back to School, Tech Edvocate Awards, Bronze Award of Excellence from the National Association of Economics Educators and the Civvys Awards. More information is available at or on Twitter @CertellOrg.

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