Virginia Commonwealth University

Workshop Description

Understanding the Role of Government and the Federal Reserve System (High School Economics Hybrid Institute – Modules 5 & 6)

Planning to teach economics? Learn more about the role of government in a market economy, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and the national budget as well as tips and ready-to-use classroom activities to teach these concepts.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education

Jun 22, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
VCU, Snead Hall
301 W. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284-4000
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 14

One of the most important functions of our government is the government’s enforcement of private property laws through an effective legal system. This enables our market economy to operate smoothly in an imperfect world. But while the proper role of government in a market economy is limited, deciding government’s role in particular situations is rarely easy.  What should government do in the event of a recession? What role should government have in health care? Should taxes be lower? Or higher? What sorts of policies affect the government’s budget and how do those policies in turn affect citizens?

Teachers will be introduced to engaging lessons and activities to help their students understand how to reason about the appropriate role of government in a market economy, and the various options to pay for government services so that they will be better informed citizens and voters. Participants also study the role of the Federal Reserve System and the tools and resources that it has to intervene in the economy.

This session is the last of a series of in-class sessions and out-of-class work designed to cover all of the economic concepts in the high school Economics and Personal Finance course. This session and its accompanying homework (6 hours in-person, and 8 hours homework) will compose 25% of the total series.

This session will be particularly helpful for those teaching economics and personal finance, government and civics & economics. Participants who successfully complete all six modules (42 hours) and pass a post-test will be recognized as a VCEE Certified Economics Educator: High School.

Parking and lunch is provided.


Fee: NO CHARGE


Instructor: Stephen H. Day, Director
Contact Person:
Stephen H. Day, Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1628
shday@vcu.edu

Register for Understanding the Role of Government and the Federal Reserve System (High School Economics Hybrid Institute – Modules 5 & 6)

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