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by Foundation for Economic Education

1. How was Mr. Mariotti finally able to get the students’ attention in the classroom?

2. Mr. Mariotti gets the students thinking by telling them to listen to what people are complaining about. Why is this useful for an entrepreneur?

3. What does Mr. Mariotti believe about the abilities of children born into poverty?

EoE: 1.3.C - Poverty and Entrepreneurship

By using Steve Mariotti, a teacher in one of New York City’s worst high schools, as an example, the clip addresses the entrepreneurship process. Two of his students went on to become entrepreneurs. One student opened a sporting goods manufacturing company while another started a music business and Bulldog Bicycles. The video ends explaining how capitalism opens up opportunities to everyone to make a better life, especially those who don't have much. This video is included as part of a 40-lesson course on the Economics of Entrepreneurship available now for teachers and students at no charge at

from Stossel - Poverty and Entrepreneurship (2016)
Creator: ABC News
Posted by Foundation for Economic Education