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Teaching Economics

Moonbat Exterminator Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 10:12 AM
Another barrier to learning, particularly at the university level is academic arrogance. Many professors think that their area of expertise is so esoteric that only they can understand it. They also feel compelled to protect their reputations by padding their writings and lectures with almost incomprehensible jargon, substituting obfuscation for scholarship. Many outside academia just describe this as gibberish.
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...