Educating students about Social Security

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By Kylle’ D. McKinney

Alabama Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

A teacher addressing four students.


In May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and honor all of the educators who are preparing students for the future. Social Security knows that a well-informed instructor is usually the best one suited to educate others. That’s why we have online resources that are easy to access and share.

Social Security’s Educator Toolkit is a rich resource for teachers and advocates. Our Information for Educators page contains information and resources to engage students and to educate them on Social Security. It includes:

o    Infographics and handouts for each lesson plan

o    Links to Social Security webpages

o    Talking points

o    Quiz questions and answers

Here’s a brief sample appropriate for high school students:

Start the discussion by asking the students what they think they know about Social Security and if they think Social Security is important to them as high school students. Capture key words/phrases on the board/screen to keep for future discussion.

You can access the toolkit at www.socialsecurity.gov/thirdparty/educators.html.

It’s important for students to understand why Social Security was created, and why it is essential to their lives today and in the future. This knowledge and understanding will provide students a strong base on which to build their financial future.

Young workers can also see how Social Security directly relates to them at our students website at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/students.

At Social Security, we appreciate informed people speaking about our programs and benefits in a thoughtful and informed way. We value and welcome the efforts all teachers make to educate America’s young people.

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