Workshop Description

Using Economics to Teach Controversial Issues & Civil Discourse

Economic reasoning tools are excellent for teaching and civilly discussing controversial issues in the classroom.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Oct 07, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 3 Optional 2-hour related reading and writing assignment emailed Sept. 23

Teachers will practice using economic concepts and skills (e.g., economic way of thinking 6 principles) to discuss controversial issues (e.g., capitalism vs. socialism) in the classroom while simultaneously developing more civil dialogue skills.  Online/in-person activities included.  An optional assignment worth 2 additional recertification hours—reading a related research article and brainstorming practical classroom applications—will be emailed to registrants.


Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Contact Person:
Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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