"Bizarro World" Gets A New Twist By Tom Barrella As a Financial Education Program For Teens

Top Quote The times we're living in are anything but normal. Nothing is as it seems, and no one cares. Welcome to Bizarro World, or is it just another day in America? Developed by Tom Barrella as a teaching tool for, his take on "Bizarro World" comes uncomfortably close to the surreal events that contributed to our economic meltdown over the last few years. A lesson for us all. End Quote
    QuoteThe Bizarro World cartoon addresses current conundrums that make us all scratch our heads and ask 'Why?' which is key to teaching.Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 18, 2011 - In the comic book Bizarro world of "Htrae" ("Earth" spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! It's big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!" In one episode, for example, a salesman is doing a brisk trade selling Bizarro bonds: "Guaranteed to lose money for you".

    While that episode sounds oddly familiar to the current situation of the real world, Tom Barrella established his form of "Bizarro World" to help his Syosset High School students take an eye-opening look at the world economy through one of many custom custom videos developed by him for The video can be viewed directly at posing a dialogue of riddles such as:

    Q: "What do you do with a man who has not paid taxes? A: "You make him Secretary of the Treasury".
    Q: "What do we do with banks that are too big to fail?" A: "Make them bigger."
    Q: "What is the trouble with the Federal Reserve Bank?" A: "It's neither federal nor a bank."
    Q: "Who is the largest counterfeiter of U.S. Currency?" A: "The Federal Reserve Bank."

    "The somewhat irreverent and flippant attitude of the antagonist in the cartoon," states Mr. Barrella "is intended to grab the attention of teenage students in a way to help them understand and retain the responses. Many of the actions currently being taken by the federal government, state governments and businesses are questionable at best. Someone has to put their actions in perspective. I believe that framing it in a form of entertainment that is non-threatening allows students to make their own conclusions and sets a platform for spirited discussion."

    Tom Barrella created the site to educate and help prepare students for their role in helping prevent a recurrence of the economic blunders that led to this point and time. Getting their attention now in their formative years gets them thinking now about possible solutions. "The "Bizarro World" Investeens' cartoon addresses current conundrums that make us all scratch our heads and ask 'Why?', which is key to getting young people to think and learn."

    As a leading financial and investment educator, Tom Barrella has been highly rated by his students at Syosset High School located in Long Island, NY. Tom Barrella's life goal is to provide a learning environment that encompasses his mantra of Education, Perspective, and Advocacy. Tom speaks and writes passionately about the financial issues facing the next generation. Contact him directly to schedule an interview at tom.barrella ( @ ) investeens dot com or call (917) 613-2066.

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