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Teaching Economics

Anonymous6925 Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 1:20 PM
I've recently retired from public school secondary English teaching, and I wish every teacher read this. They go along like sheep. Only a kook speaks up in disagreement at meetings. You left out how your parents didn't send you there to become the teacher's helper, reteaching to the rocks in your group supposedly, because supposedly 'teaching it to someone else helps you learn it better.' Yep, that's right, folks. Teaching it to someone else helps you learn it better. And these people gurge up high emotion demanding more money for public education. Flame throwers at the ready!
Having taught economics at a number of colleges for a number of years, I especially welcomed a feature article in the June 22nd issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, on how economics courses with the same name can be very different at different colleges. It can also be very different when the course is taught by professors in the same department who have different approaches.

The usefulness of the three approaches described in the article depends on what the introductory course is trying to accomplish.

One professor taught the subject through a steady diet of mathematical models. If the introductory economics course...