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2020 Election Prep: Capitalism vs. Socialism

Aside from the COVID pandemic, the economy is still the #1 voting issue in America.  Will your students be ready to cast informed votes after they graduate? 

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Oct 15, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: October 9, 2020
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 2

This webinar features classroom-ready PPT slides and activities highlighting nonpartisan economic content knowledge (e.g., current events, news articles, primary sources, economic policy data, etc.) on two hotly debated economic systems—capitalism and socialism.  To represent multiple perspectives on each economic system, teachers will learn how to use controversial issues instructional practices and multidisciplinary economic reasoning tools featuring basic economic concepts (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, PACED decision-making model, economic way of thinking principles) to critically inquire, analyze, articulate, then debate hot topics in economics. Student outcomes include more civilly communicating evidence-based opinions, developing tolerance for opposing viewpoints, and casting informed votes as democratic citizens and participants in a global economy.  Small breakout groups will be used for experiential learning, peer collaboration, and differentiation of instructional strategies for different subjects and student populations.  Teachers will receive a collection of classroom-ready lessons and simulations to teach about elections.


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Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants shortly before the program begins.

Instructor: Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
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Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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