Poverty isn’t just a game

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    Poverty isn

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — You’ve lost your job. You’ve lost your house. You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month?

    I've filled out the petition to have everybody that represents me play the game, and see how well they do.

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    Play the game, share your score.
     
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    I made it through the month with $279, but rent is due tomorrow, I don't have a job because I talked to the union organizer, and I cried when I had to take my pet to the pound.
     
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    Oh brother. she had to take a poor pet to the POUND.

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    Thought provoking, but it reads like a lecture not a lesson.

    I would recommend this for high school kids.
     
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    I think that's the point. Some talking points, to aim back at those who react rather than think.
     
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    I made it through with $945. In real life I would have lied to the landlord and kept the pet.
     
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    Actually that game brought back some depressing memories for me.

    Several years ago I participated in a half-day exercise for high school kids called "Welcome to the Real World". We set up several stations i.e. employment, housing, banking, food/clothing/medical, etc. and gave them a set amount of cash to start. Also a stack of 'wild cards' that they drew so we could throw them a curve (wreck car/get sick, etc). It was interesting to see how they each handled different situations and how much money they had at the end of the month.
     
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    Actually, it brought back memories to me of raising my daughter, and all the times I had to tell her 'no', damn near no matter what the question was.
     
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    made it through with $677
     
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    Was that more than rent?
     

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