THE CHILDREN EXPLAIN IT TO THE ADULTS. Each year I have the opportunity to help select student illustrations of economics concepts for use in a calendar created by Econ Illinois. It has been my practice to make the regional winning and honorable mention entries available to the public on a web gallery. In the past year, the University has reorganized the Center for Economic Education to bring in skills of more people, including website designers who recently put together this year's gallery.
Second graders frequently learn scarcity along with their environmental lessons, and a number of the entries associate scarcity with the abuse of natural resources. This entry appealed to several of the judges as it illustrates the folly of doing more with less as a goal for its own sake and in spite of possible cost.