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Social Education March 2009

Looking at the Law
How Do Tax Laws Reflect American Values? 

Taxes have played a significant role throughout American historyprovoking revolution, inspiring representative government, and financing war and major domestic initiatives. High School Economics
Surfing the Net
Teaching Students Financial Literacy Using the Internet 
C. Frederick Risinger
The highlighted websites can help teachers explain the financial crisis as well as help raise students overall financial literacy. High School Economics

Trend Alert: A History Teachers Guide to Using Podcasts in the Classroom 
Kathleen Owings Swan, Mark Hofer
Podcasts may be useful in the classroom, but teachers need to consider the instructional purpose andcontext within which they areused. High School US History, World History

Teaching Economics in a Time of Unprecedented Change

The Crash of 2008: Causes and Fed Response 
James D. Gwartney, Joseph Connors
The current economic crisis is primarily a story about unintended consequences and what happens when the incentive structure is damaged by unsound institutions and policies. High School Economics

Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life 
M. Scott Niederjohn, William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policyout of fashion with economists and policymakers for decadeshas enjoyed a revival under President Obama's new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates. High School Economics

Are High School Economics Teachers the Same as Other Social Studies Teachers? The Results of a National Survey 
Mark C. Schug, David Dieterle, J.R. Clark
A survey of more than a thousand teachers reveals some interesting distinctions about economics teachers. High School Economics

Teaching Ethics to High School Students: Virtue Meets Economics  
M. Scott Niederjohn, Kim Nygard, William C. Wood
In many of the nations top business schools it sometimes seems that a focus on profits has replaced ethics. Yet recent research shows that the teaching of ethics need not wait until higher education. High School Economics

Is Free Trade Out of Date? 
Dwight R. Lee
We may never achieve perfectly free international trade, but the struggle to reduce existing trade restrictions is a noble one. High School Economics

Advanced Placement Economics Improves Both Merit and Equity 
Sally Meek, John Morton
AP economics courses are a positive-sum game students gain important skills and learn to determine the most advantageous combination of costs and benefits. High School Economics
Do Businesses Have a Social Responsibility? 
The National Council on Economic Education
In this activity, students debate whether a business best serves society by maximizing profits or by promoting social justice policies. High School Economics

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