Originally Posted By: aquinas
Originally Posted By: Thomas Percy
I am in your field. The bold part may be true but from the little bit I know about how economics are taught in k-12, it is far from being the reality.


I'm not understanding your argument. Maybe you can help me. Are you saying that IB/AP economics classes fail to even meet the standard of providing the equivalent content of a generic first year class?

Frankly, and I say this with some self-deprecation, most people with a serious chance in the field could read first year economics texts on a 3-hour bus ride and be adequately prepared for the end-of-year final.

For my second-year micro students, I used to summarize the entire course's models and proofs on 3 double-sided pages and provide copies in my first seminar. If they could derive any of the material there, they were ready for the final and were excused from further attendance. The rest is just case-specific application from a general template.


Yes. I taught economics at the university level for years. I would prefer they don't take economics at the high school level.

I do agree with you the core knowledge of at least microeconomics can be distilled into a few pages. But to be able to apply economics thinking takes much repetition. I don't think many can do what you described.