Interesting Economics For Everybody ~ Roman Roads Media #Review
I have to admit, economics is not my thing. It wasn’t offered when I was in high school, and in college, I took the bare-minimum required courses for my degree. It’s not something I feel as though I understand well enough to teach alone, but I do feel that it’s a valuable tool for understanding our modern world, and that exposure to the concept and realities to begin prior to starting college.
We’ve recently been working through an intriguing middle and high school economics course from Roman Roads Media called Economics for Everybody. Designed to be accessible by students as young as 6th grade, but remain engaging to older students and adults, Economics for Everybody offers an adaptable resource that covers the “principles, practices, and consequences” of Economics.
What Is Included In Economics For Everybody?
There are two components to the Economics for Everybody curriculum: two DVDs that contain 12 video lessons ranging in length from 15-27 minutes, and a 234-page perfect-bound study guide of about the same dimensions as the DVD case. A pdf with the scope and sequence for the course, plus the answer key for the study guide, is downloadable from the Roman Roads Media site.
What Kind Of Material Does Economics For Everybody Cover?
Economics for Everybody is crafted as a crossover between mainstream economics classes and faith, incorporating decision-making and worldview influenced by religion. It’s purposefully designed to be non-threatening and easy-to-understand, and succeeds admirably well in this endeavor.
The video lessons are very watchable, which suggests they would appeal to a wide variety of families – I could easily see a family choosing to work through Economics for Everybody as a whole in a casual manner, and then students later revisiting it as part of a more comprehensive economics course for high school.
For each lesson, the study guide includes an introduction, suggested scripture reading, learning objectives, a relevant quotation, an outline of the lecture, multiple choice, short answer, and discussion questions.
Is Economics For Everybody Worth High School Credit?
If the scope and sequence (linked above) is used, then Economics for Everybody will count as 1/2 a high school credit. There are two different suggested paths for using it: in a lighter mode, on its own, introducing basic economics concepts, appropriate for 9th/10th grade, or in combination with another economics textbook to create an in-depth study aimed at 10th-12th. (Specific readings that correlate in recommended textbooks are noted at the end of each lesson in the study guide.)
Of course, if you’re using Economics for Everyone for middle school, as a family, or on your own, you’re free to use or modify the course to fit your needs.
How Did We Use Economics For Everybody?
We’ve completed about half of the course so far, watching the videos together as a family, and then working through the study guide materials verbally, rather than written. If I had a high school student that was anticipating high school credit as a result, I would definitely expect that responses would be written so that there would be a record.
With the way we chose to use the curricula, together as a family, it didn’t really fit for us to be transferring to written work when part of what was really helping increase our understanding was the discussion time afterward. This is a tactic that works well in our family, but of course, your mileage may vary.
What Did We Think About Economics For Everybody?
Our general consensus is that yes, it’s easy to understand and follow along, and just as importantly, it’s intriguing enough that it’s easy to get the kids to participate. While I totally understand that the entire purpose of the curriculum is to integrate worldview into economics, if it were just me watching, I’d honestly prefer an approach that was the same level of accessible, but a greater focus on the economics and less on religion. But that’s my personal preference – I’m rarely fond of mixing two subjects when it might be more efficient – and memorable – for me in particular to focus on one. It’s not a bad thing – it’s just my thing.
So that’s my caveat – if you’re looking for pure economics, this may not be what you want. But if you desire the integration of the two, it’ll be right up your alley.
Where Can I Get Economics For Everybody?
Economics for Everybody is priced at just $45 directly from Roman Roads Media. The price is quite reasonable for a semester-long economics class.
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