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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch


Economics & Finance

AP Economics for Students in Non-Traditional School Settings - On-line
Macroeconomics online class taught at the level of a high school Advanced Placement class; it will be challenging. Based on AP Econ syllabus:

Class is taught by Mr. Hayward. He's been offering free summer classes for homeschooled students, taught at a local high school. He has been a Model UN coach. He's one of those energetic, engaging people who absolutely loves what he does. He makes econ. interesting for the students, is the resource king, makes himself available to students and parents, bends over backward for the students, and is an all around great guy.

About himself, Mr. Hayward writes: I am a State certified (Texas and Illinois) high school economics teacher with 10 years experience teaching Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. I have 100+ hours of College Board training in Economics. I am a veteran of the USMC and a small business owner for many years. I have a degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics.

About the content of the class, Mr. Hayward writes: I mirror the rigor of a college introductory economics class---in scale and scope. Students will be adequately prepared to take the Advanced Placement test for Macroeconomics administered by the College Board in May of 2013, should they desire to do so.

To view most of the resources I use in class for Macroeconomics, please go to
http://www.haywardecon.com and look on the left side of the page. Click though the links to get an idea of what you are getting yourself into!

He offers classes online each year starting in Sept. Classes are an hour and a half long beginning at in the evening twice / week.

Content for this class is offered ONLINE and hosted at http://www.wiziq.com using video and whiteboard technology.

About the instructor: About grades & materials, Mr. Hayward writes: I will have a personal grade book for you at www.quia.com where the tests and quizzes you take will be recorded. It will serve as a formal record of your grades. Upon successful completion of the course, I will send you a signed certificate of completion you can use for documentation purposes.

NO TEXTBOOK is required. He supplies enough freely available resources from a variety of sources that it makes a textbook not a necessity.

RSVP or Questions:
Please message Mr. Hayward at homeschooleconomics@gmail.com to (1) let me know of your interest in the class and (2) if you have any questions.

WEB LINK: http://economicsforhomeschoolers.blogspot.com/

Broken Window Fallacy
The argument why wartime spending, disaster spending, etc. does not have a stimulative effect on the economy.

WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG4jhlPLVVs&feature=player_embedded

Economics & American Government On-line classes
By Founders Academy

Founders Academy offers on-line classes that meet in real time once/week. Students meet with the teacher once per week for 1.5 hours per session. The classes run 8-weeks in summer, 16-weeks in fall and spring. Classes are relatively inexpensive.

About the teacher/founder:
Lynn Schott is a 14-year homeschool veteran who taught her own three children from elementary through high school graduation. She is passionately patriotic about our great country, and is fascinated by the study of economics. As her last child was finishing high school, Lynn began to teach Government and Economics for Biola University's homeschool program, where she taught for three years. She started Founders Academy after her last child graduated from her homeschool.

WEB LINK: http://www.currclick.com/index.php?filters=0_0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=416

Economics In A Box
By Economic Thinking

A Full 16-week Semester Economics Course for Homeschool Students.

Economic principles explain:

  • Prosperous societies vs those who remain in poverty
  • Job creation and innovative products and services
  • Failing government programs and policies
  • Economics flows from common sense observations and insights into everyday life.

    The core textbook, Common Sense Economics, is an easy to understand book that explains economic principles using everyday language and easy to understand illustrations and examples.

    Program comes with Teacher's Guide, several videos, syllabus, tests, essay questions, games & activites. This curriculum has the added bonus of a section on personal finances as well.

    WEB LINK: http://www.economicthinking.org/curriculum/EconomicsinaBox/

  • Economics Rap
    By Economics Stories

    Kids might enjoy this rap video about the economic theories of Keynes vs. Hayek. It's kind of like Schoolhouse Rock for economics. The words to the rap are included on the site, so one could teach the principles referred to in the song.

    WEB LINK: http://www.econstories.tv/home.html

    Economics Resources
    By Gene Hayward

    Free resources to study and explore economics principles. A good source of links, graphs, articles, etc.

    WEB LINK: http://www.haywardecon.com/

    Economics Teacher Materials
    By Foundation for Teaching Economics

    The mission of FTE is to improve teaching of economics in classrooms around the world.

    The Foundation for Teaching Economics is pleased to make available to teachers the content outlines, classroom activities, and teacher materials (demonstration videos and lecture presentations).

    Each curriculum topic link on the left side of the landing page below connects you to an overview and table of contents. Some topics include Economic Forces in American History, Economic Demise of the Soviet Union, Environment and the Economy, Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? and many more.

    WEB LINK: http://www.fte.org/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/

    Economics U$A 21st Century Edition On-line Course
    By Annenberg Center for Learning

    Here is a FREE Economics course. You can purchase the textbooks if you wish, but you need to.

    A video instructional series on micro- and macroeconomics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners:

  • 28 half-hour video programs
  • 28 audio programs, including interviews with international economists
  • coordinated text and guides
  • Web site.

    Explore economic history, theory, and practice through case studies and interviews with Nobel-prize winning and major economists.

    The series covering macro, micro, and international economics features Milton Friedman, Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith, Alice Rivlin, and Ben Bernanke, among others.

    Major economic events, including the 2008 banking crisis and technology's influence on the economy, connect economic theory to the headlines.

    Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition is produced by the Educational Film Center. 2012

    WEB LINK: http://www.learner.org/resources/series79.html

  • EconStories
    Fun videos to explain complicated economics issues.

    WEB LINK: http://econstories.tv/

    Hands-On Banking
    By Wells Fargo Bank

    A basic money-management site that offers basic money tools, skills, and information you need to introduce finance to your teen.

    On the Educators page, you can find a link to instructor guides for kids, teens, young adults and adults and request a CD-Rom version of the program. Topics covered include:

  • building credit, investments, small business;
  • investing in the market, a home, or higher education;
  • shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts.

    WEB LINK: http://www.handsonbanking.org/en/#.

  • Keynes vs. Hayek - Fight of the Century, Rd. 2
    By EconStories

    A funny, clever dipiction of the benefits and risks of a top-down approach to the economy vs. a bottom-up approach. This is the debate going on right now by economists.

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTQnarzmTOc&feature=player_embedded

    Making Economics Come Alive
    By John Stossel

    The Stossel in the Classroom: 2012 Edition DVD includes both English and Spanish subtitles, as well as an accompanying Teacher's Guide containing lesson plans, activity suggestions, viewing guides and vocabulary, in English and Spanish.

    Our Best of Stossel in the Classroom DVD is a compilation of our most popular segments from our previous DVDs (2007-2010 Edition DVDs), all on one disk!

    WEB LINK: http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/

    Minimum Wage Laws
    By Library of Economics and Liberty

    A concise history of minimum wage laws and the inadvertent harm they do.

    WEB LINK: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/MinimumWages.html

    Mises Academy
    Offering on-line course in Economics, Economic History, and Political Philosophy. For adults or mature children.

    WEB LINK: http://academy.mises.org/courses/

    Stossel Economics Videos
    The 2013 Edition of John Stossel's FREE DVD is now available. The 2013 edition is entitled: Good Intentions Gone Wrong.

    The DVD includes ten new video segments on a range of topics, both English and Spanish subtitles, and an accompanying Teacher Guide (also in English and Spanish) containing lesson plans, graphic organizers, activity suggestions, viewing guides, and vocabulary.

    And for the first time, they now have DVD segments available as streaming video from the site. That means you have access to the segments immediately, rather than having to wait for delivery of the DVD. You just have to be logged in on our site to view them.

    WEB LINK: http://stosselintheclassroom.org/videos/dvd_segments/?source=INB13

    The Richest Man in Babylon
    By George S. Clason

    The Richest Man in Bablyon is told as a parable and is a modern inspirational classic. Many feel it is a must-read for anyone who wants to achieve maximum financial success. For those who want to prepare their teens to manage money before they leave the home, this is a good book to start with.

    The Richest Man in Bablyon has 7 basic principles:
    1.) Start thy purse to fattening - save/invest
    2.) Control thy expenditures - watch out for self-serving brokers
    3.) Make thy gold mutiply - use powerful investments
    4.) Guard thy treasures from loss - watch out for brokers with their hot tips.
    5.) Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment - rental properties, your own home, BUT stay within your means.
    6.) Insure a future income: do work that you love to do. Become excellent at it.
    7.) Increase thy ability to earn - education never stops.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451205367?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=04512


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