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Classroom Debate with Dr. Larry Summers

Former Secretary of the US Treasury and distinguished economist Dr. Lawrence Summers joined students on May 8 for a lively debate in Dr. Shields' AP macroeconomics class.

Our students role-played as members of the National Economic Council (NEC) representing the Treasury, OMB, Trade, Commerce and the Federal Reserve, while Dr. Summers' role was that of NEC Director. Consulting on current political and social issues including increasing oil prices, infrastructure development and raising taxes, Cushing students engaged with Dr. Summers and Dr. Shields in a lively dialog of new ideas and consequences.

Dr. Shields expressed his appreciation for the innovative experience. “The students enjoyed applying many of the concepts that they have been learning this year in a fun and exciting way by playing along with Professor Summers in a very realistic simulation of an NEC meeting. It was truly an honor and a great pleasure to have him visit our class."

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.