The National Council of Life Insurance has produced an educational music video for high school students called "Your Life and Health: It's a Risky Business."
Lyrics of the video theme song, which is sung by Washington rock band Midlife Crisis, go something like this:
Life is a risky business,
Life is a game of chance,
Got to get it all together,
Guard against circumstance.
Gotta prepare, don't get by on a dare,
When trouble comes, you've gotta have a plan.
"We are turning something dry and technical into a more lively and interesting subject," said Iris Elfenbein, education program director for the council.
The video is only one of many educational tools that the council has put together to teach what Elfenbein calls "decision-making and life-coping skills" to high-school students. The council has produced a financial-planning tape that is used in community colleges and by the Army and Navy in financial courses. It also offers several computer programs on insurance that are used primarily in high-school math classes.
"There is a lack of knowledge in this country about insurance," Elfenbein said. "I hope the video not only helps the insurance industry but provides information and awareness for students and teachers."
In the video, high-school students play out their possible futures on a monopoly-like game board called Risky Business. Squares labeled "illness," "divorce," "accident," "death of breadwinner" and others allow the students to peer into their futures and see the troubles that lie ahead.
One young actress who smokes cigarettes lands on the illness square and sees herself with a doctor who is telling her she has cancer. She then is pictured holding a bill that she won't be able to pay because she doesn't have any health insurance.
The council used members of its staff and four local high-school students to act in the video, which was produced by Charles Barbour Communications in Arlington.
The council has written a teaching manual that covers the origin, types and other background information on insurance to be used in the classroom with the video. The manual supplies handouts, sample life-insurance policies and workshops for teachers who offer courses on decision-making and life-planning techniques. PROFESSIONAL
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