Applications for Education
The Living Wage Calculator only accounts for the basic monthly expenses in each scenario. After looking at the Living Wage Calculator's data for your county, ask your students to try to account for other expenses that a typical family has. After they look at the data for their county ask your students to try to locate help wanted postings that provide a minimum living wage in their county. Then have them determine what type of education and training those jobs require.
Thanks to my friend Josh White for sharing this with me on Facebook. Josh is not a teacher. He is my old college roommate and the person who exemplifies life-long learning better than anyone I know.