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  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:44 PM | Derek D'Angelo (Administrator)

    Why Economics Education?

    What students should know about economics and why: 6 Key Ideas

    K-12 students should learn economics because they will make important decisions in their roles as workers/entrepreneurs, consumers, borrowers, savers, investors and voters. Their futures and the future of our economy and our democracy depend upon their making informed, reasoned decisions. Economics education shows them how to do that. We don't begin teaching other skills such as mathematics or reading in the 12th grade, so why would we do so with economic reasoning?

    Below are six of many ways that economic education can provide students better understanding that will not only be the foundation for personal success, but also contribute to the success of the community and our nation.

    This document was created by a CEE/NAEE Task Force:

    Jim Charkins (CA), Mary Lynn Reiser (NE), Joanne Dempsey, (IL) and Sarah Finley (VA)

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:41 PM | Derek D'Angelo (Administrator)

    Why it's Important to Understand Economics

    Some may think that economics is too difficult a subject to be taught to children and youth, and that such instruction should wait until college. Nothing could be more incorrect.

    December 1, 1998
    William Walstad

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:38 PM | Derek D'Angelo (Administrator)

    Economics Isn’t Dismal. It’s Useful.

    The article is behind a paywall so it is attached here.

    Economics is useful - not dismal NY Times.docx


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