Battling the Forces of Darkness: How Can Economic Freedom Be Effectively Taught in the Pre-College Curriculum?

The Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. XXIX, No.1, Fall 2013, pp. 87-100

Posted: 20 Mar 2016

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J. R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ashley Harrison

Center for Economic Education

Date Written: January 4, 2013

Abstract

How can the institutions of a free-market economy be sustained if teachers and students fail to grasp a basic economic understanding? This article describes the current status of economic education at the pre-college levels including teacher knowledge, student knowledge, and the status of economics in the school curriculum. Concern is expressed that the weak status of economics are the pre-college level may have contributed to the recent decline of economic freedom in the United States. Next, we will examine steps that can be taken to strengthen economics at the kindergarten to grade 12 level. We suggest three approaches - - changes in pedagogy, curriculum, and teacher training. We believe that taking actions along these lines will deepen young people’s understanding of free markets and strengthen their support for economic freedom.

Keywords: Economic education, pedagogy

JEL Classification: A21

Suggested Citation

Clark, Jeff R. and Harrison, Ashley, Battling the Forces of Darkness: How Can Economic Freedom Be Effectively Taught in the Pre-College Curriculum? (January 4, 2013). The Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. XXIX, No.1, Fall 2013, pp. 87-100. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746036

Jeff R. Clark (Contact Author)

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( email )

Department of Economics
Suite 313 Fletcher Hall
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
United States

Ashley Harrison

Center for Economic Education ( email )

TN
United States

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