No Need For Needs?

No need for needs? Putting wants and needs into historical context. February 8, 2021 See this exchange of letters in SSYL for context https://www.socialstudies.org/ssyl/march-april-2020/letters-to-the-editor-defining-economic-terms-at-the-elementary-level Although economics purportedly does not teach “needs,” somehow lessons on needs and wants manage to find their way into K-5 classrooms. Just last week on of my students, a local K-5Continue reading “No Need For Needs?”

Unpacking human capital narratives in social studies and society

With Kelly Koch, UGA The C3 Framework states that knowledge of human capital is an essential component of economic reasoning; “Economic reasoning and skillful use of economic tools draw upona strong base of knowledge about human capital, land, investments,money, income and production, taxes, and government expenditures” (p. 35). Covid-19 has revealed a need for criticalContinue reading “Unpacking human capital narratives in social studies and society”

More on Jobs + entrepreneurship

I wrote about jobs in the job creators post and my state of elem. econ post. Here’s what I’m continuing to think about;  I think classroom jobs (community-builders?) done right (or better) could likely foster a sense of belonging, affiliation and purpose. A job could be a way for a student to have a concrete,Continue reading “More on Jobs + entrepreneurship”

Recommended Econ Lessons and Resources

This is an ongoing list of link and resources for teachers and teacher educators Advertisements and you gets at critical consumerism, ethical production and supply and demand https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/advertisements-and-you as does sensible consumers https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/sensible-consumers Producing digital information (gets at what it means to be a producer) https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/producing-digital-information When women stopped coding (the power of advertising) https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-codingContinue reading “Recommended Econ Lessons and Resources”

What’s the DEAL with Trump’s payroll tax deferral?

On August 8, 2020, Trump announced a deferral of payroll taxes. The measure was met with a lot of confusion and criticism. Coming amid the lack of Covid-19 relief, it seemed a poor substitute for a check or unemployment benefits. After all, it affected the already-employed, not those who were experiencing job loss. What happensContinue reading “What’s the DEAL with Trump’s payroll tax deferral?”

Beliefs about teaching economics

1.) I often hear teachers and teacher educators comment that they do not know economics. Some may contend that the children they teach don’t, either. I say they’re wrong. Everybody knows economics. We live it and we learn it as we live it. Are kids choosing between 2 options for lunch? They’re doing economics. AreContinue reading “Beliefs about teaching economics”

Job Creator(s)

During the Vice-Presidential debate, the candidates each touted their administration’s record of job-creation. You probably hear the term “job creators” a lot, especially from conservative politicians. In the rhetoric, job creators are venerated. They are seen as worthy of tax breaks and protection. This rhetoric was particularly noticeable in the passage of 2017’s Tax CutsContinue reading “Job Creator(s)”

Election economics: Rethinking economic literacy

As I watched the Vice-Presidential debates, I noticed the frequent invocation of certain word and phrases such as socialism, job creator, debt and deficit. I thought about the ways these words are intended to provoke us and how economic discourse has been distilled to a few prominent signifiers. It seems like these words and phrasesContinue reading “Election economics: Rethinking economic literacy”