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Teaching Economics

soccerman Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 12:56 PM
Dr. Sowell, thank you for a great treatise on the teaching of the dismal science. Many years ago, as a rookie teacher in the business department of a community college, I was assigned sections of econ 101 and 102. Since I was fresh off my MBA, in management, this was not an assignment I wanted. After the first semester I realized that the texts we used were not at all realistic. But fortunately, after one year I was absolved of further economics teaching, and I happily began teaching my specialty. It wasn't until much later that I began reading Friedman's and Sowell's writings, and found realism in economic education. BTW I recommended your book Basic Economics to my English major son so he'd get it right.
Joycey Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 4:21 PM
Buy it for him and read it with him.
Joycey Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 4:21 PM
A very simple children's book can be read in an hour called, Whatever happened to penny candy by Maybury.
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...