Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 5

Finally getting to a U.S. assignment. Sadly though, it was an activity far too familiar. Well, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Basically we recreated Henry Ford’s assembly line and specialization of labor. In groups, we created paper folded footballs. On a worksheet we were able to calculate expenditures vs time vs footballs made vs footballs accepted. The first go around, we all made our own. The second time, we divided the labor of the assembly and saw superior results in quality and quantity. I felt the costs and expenditures sheet may prolong the assignment, taking up too much time in the classroom. Perhaps it would be best for the teacher just to judge the quantity and quality of the groups’ footballs. This might cut time while displaying the same effect of the assignment.

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