Comics on Economics:Korea’s Hidden Strength

I have noted previously that one of the outstanding aspects of Korean education is the development of educational comic books aimed at elementary school students that present rather complex information about contemporary society and the world in a readable and entertaining manner. These educational comic books are so well done that I think they deserve to be translated into English for international use.

I was most impressed by the series pictured here known as Easy to Understand Basics of Economics (단숨에 깨치는 경제상식). The series not only introduces much of micro and macro for an elementary school student, with very understandable concrete examples, it ventures into a rather nuanced discussion of the serious problems associated with globalization and global finance. The book starts with simple examples such as the prices for goods in the store from the lives of the children. The remarkable aspect of the comic books is just how sophisticated content it can throw in while keeping the child interested.

Here is the index from volume one

Why are there pictures of famous people on money?

Why can’t we just make more money and give it to more people?

How were products bought and sold long ago?

What is money that is invisible, or electronic money?

Is it possible to count all the money that exists on our country?

Can you use Korean money in Malaysia?

Why did Europeans start using the same currency?

How is new money made?

Can you buy things with commemorative minted coins?

Why is there no bathroom on the first floor of the department store?

How do rich people use their money?

If you keep a list of all the money you spend, will you spend less?

How much would the organic garbage you throw away be worth? Why is savings necessary?

Why does the government run a national lottery?

Are discount coupons really a way to save money?

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