Education

Seizing the Moment to Raise Economic Literacy

By Kevin Bushweller — September 19, 2008 1 min read

We’ve heard of social studies teachers seizing the moment and using the buzz around the Presidential election as a way to motivate students to learn more about the workings of our government.

With most students having little knowledge of the workings of a free-market economy, it would be nice to see social studies teachers across the country also using the buzz about the recent economic failures in the United States to teach students how our economy works. Maybe a nation that is significantly more economically literate would be more likely to prevent the kind of economic collapses we have witnessed recently.

What do you think? Should K-12 students know more about economics? And if yes, how do schools go about making economics education a top priority?

See the National Council on Economic Education for information about the teaching of economics.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.