Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education
Jul 29, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 1
This online event was an in-service session coordinated by Richmond-area social studies curriculum specialists. Stephen was invited to do sessions on the C3 Framework.
Blurb: “Should We Tax Robots? Teaching Economics Using Inquiry.” ‘You ought to be winning to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed’ of automation. So said Microsoft founder Bill Gates in a 2017 interview with Quartz. Gates is concerned about an issue that is befuddling politicians and economics all over the world – as innovation advances, it replaces human work for many jobs. To be sure, it creates more wealth. But could a tax designed to slow down innovation give time for people and the economy to adjust? This lesson plan (which appeared in Teaching the C3 Framework, Vol. 2) is a great way for students to explore productivity and the changing jobs market — and perhaps even to help shape what that market will look like. Lesson plan and economics concepts included. Aligned to SOLs in EPF and C&E.
Fee: NO CHARGE
Instructor: Stephen Day
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
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