I found a new resource to use if you are having discussions with your middle schoolers about the Occupy Wall Street (and other cities) movement, the supercommittee, and other things related to our national economic system. It is a short animated video called The Story of Broke (made by the same people who created the popular video, The Story of Stuff).
This is not an objective, news-type presentation. Rather, this video represents the point of view of the 99% movement. However, it does explain the budget and some of our major expenditures in a simple way, and it does support a peaceful and democratic approach to changing the situation. I would supplement it with other materials, but it can, if nothing else, help explain some of what the Occupy movement is upset about and is trying to change.
You can watch the video below:
PS: Here is a link to the previous Occupy Wall Street resource I posted last month.