May 29 2008

Welker’s daily links 05/28/2008

Published by at 12:30 am under Daily Links

  • The AP Annual Conference in Seattle features two and a half days of economics specific workshops. This looks great and I hope to attend!

    “Participants will learn about new technology available to enhance student learning, such as interactive textbooks, blogs, and virtual classrooms.”

    This sounds right up my alley!

    tags: economics, education, workshops, College Board, AP Economics, AP Annual Conference

  • Should schools start teaching personal finance? Come to think of it, which skill are more important for life beyond high school: understanding the intricacies of fiscal and monetary policies, the ballance of payments, and profit maximization rules? Or how to balance your own checkbook?

    “There are plenty of subjects that can’t get crammed into a course in just a year or half-year. They are no less important, but require the basic knowledge taught here before they can be understood. Insurance is a big one, and though taxes are touched on, they need their own class! Maybe someday a curriculum could be established. If you know of any schools the require this already, let me know. If your kid’s school doesn’t, talk to the teachers and principals about a class.”

    tags: economics, education, finance, curriculum

About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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