“Should We Tax Robots?”: Teaching Students About the Impact of Technology on the Economy & Jobs

“Should We Tax Robots?” Chapter 13 of the Teaching The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Part Two, Bulletin 116 from the National Council for the Social Studies, was written by Dr. Stephen Day, Director, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Economic Education. 
Published in 2018, Dr. Day’s chapter explores the rise of technology and the impact on jobs and the economy. The chapter references this thought-provoking article from Quartz Media, February 2017:
Link to the National Council for the Social Studies:

Virtual Economics Interactive Tool Demo for Educators from Shenzhen, China

Dr. Margaret Ray, Professor of Economics and Director of the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Education, one of the nine university-based centers associated with the Virginia Council on Economic Education, collaborates with 30 educators visiting from Shenzhen, China.   The workshop was held at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen and sponsored by the College Board.  Here Dr. Ray is demonstrating the Virtual Economics interactive tool from the national Council on Economic Education.  The Virtual Economics interactive tool is an ideal resource to supplement and enhance the Advanced Placement Micro and Macro Economics curriculum for high school students.  

Ms. Tammy May, Principal, Sets the Bar High with a Gracious Hand-Written Thank You Note

In this digital age, a hand-written thank you note is so special.

Sharing this expression of thanks with our friends at Virginia Credit Union, VHDA, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia Lottery and Pampered Teacher

Tammy May, Principal Lacey Spring Elementary School, Rockingham County and Tara Hardy with John C. Myers Elementary School in Rockingham County, VA won a 2018 Outstanding Economic Educator Award Mini-Grant.

Here is a summary of their project:

Kid’s Market Project
Third grade students experienced economic concepts through establishing their own fresh food market. Students worked with a local grocery manager to determine the best food items to offer. They researched current selling prices, advertised for the market, opened the market, and made sale transactions. Students even discussed a contingency plan when potential bad weather was forecast during the time of the market.

Susan F. Dewey, Executive Director, VHDA, and Chris M. Shockley, President & CEO, Virginia Credit Union, and their employees are rock stars for generously funding our 2018 Outstanding Economic Educator Awards.




Announcing College Scholarships from the Mid-Atlantic Security Traders Association Foundation


News from Our Virginia Council on Economic Education Partners: 

Total of $14,000 in College Scholarships for Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC Students

Two $2,000 College Scholarships for High School Students Who Have Participated in the Stock Market Game™

Colleges and universities are the foundation of a strong and healthy economy.  The Mid-Atlantic Security Traders Association Foundation is dedicated to the needs of students of business, finance, and economics and is proud to offer our Annual Scholarship Awards.

This year the Foundation intends to award two $2,000 scholarships for high school seniors who have participated in Stock Market Game (one from Maryland and one from Virginia) for their first year of college, and two $5,000 scholarships to candidates selected from our member jurisdiction of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The scholarship winners will be announced in August, 2019 with monies forwarded to the respective schools on behalf of the recipients prior to the Fall 2019 semester.  Deadline for applications is June 15, 2019.

Read more and apply here:

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