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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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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Is Free Trade Out of Date?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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/High School     Economics