I have to be honest here – I’m going back to college myself and having just taken an Economics course within the last year and I wasn’t really excited about going over the subject again. Besides, my oldest son just did Economics last year and let’s just say, he didn’t really enjoy it. The only fun aspect of economics usually is making money and spending it. However, when I was deciding whether we would choose the review or not, I watched the video excerpt (I’ll share later…) and changed my mind completely. Roman Roads Media has created Economics for Everybody Curriculum in a way that is actually engaging and informative. I have another son entering high school this year anyway so I needed to find a really good economics program.
Roman Roads Media is a company that produces classical curriculum. They provide quality video courses with a Christian perspective. If you have a student who learns best by watching, I urge you to check out their site because these are not your average boring lectures!
For this review, I received a digital download of the Economics for Everybody course. If you ordered this course, you would receive two DVDs and the 236 page Study Guide, valued at $45.00. The course states for “everybody” and although it truly is engaging, it is recommended for 6th grade and up. If you use this as a high school credit, it is suggested to be used during the early high school years as an introductory course or later with another text that they recommend (Basic Economics, Third Edition by Carson and Cleveland) for an in-depth study with worldview training. The course can be used in churches or small groups, for middle and/or high schoolers, or for families or individuals that want to learn more about economics from a Christian perspective. For this review, I used this course with my oldest son who is entering his senior year and already had some exposure to an Economics course but I really felt he would benefit from the Christian worldview aspect of this curriculum. (It really focuses on stewardship!!)
To start, read the welcome and introduction in the Study Guide. Then comes a list of recommended resources. For each lesson, there is an introduction, scripture reading, learning objectives, quotations and then the lecture outline. Do not skip out on the Study Guide!! The Study Guide contains all of the information within each video lesson so if you might have missed something while watching the lesson, you can glean the information from the outline given. Then comes your multiple choice questions, short answer questions and more questions for discussion. If you are using any of the recommended resources, there’s the corresponding chapters listed for some of the other texts. In the Scope and Sequence and Study Guide Answer Key (which can be downloaded), all of the answers are given along with additional activities if you want to “beef it up”. I think those activities would be great for any older high schooler as most are about researching the Bible or local businesses/organizations and writing a paper on your findings.
There following twelve chapters are included:
- And God Created Economics – Stewardship in God’s Image
- The Economic Problem of Sin – Law, Liberty & Government
- The Path from Work to Wealth – Production, Property & Tools
- The Route From Scarcity to Plenty – Money, Markets & Trade
- The Role of the Entrepreneur – Capital, Calculation & Profit
- A Tale of Two Theologies Part 1 – From God to Politics
- A Tale of Two Theologies Part 2 – Economic Philosophies & Systems
- Government Intervention – Basic Principles & Education
- The Two Mysteries of Monetary Policy – Inflation & Depressions
- The Welfare & Corporate States of America – The Costs of Redistribution
- Economics Has Consequences – The Real Effects of Sin
- Kingdom Economics
The video lessons are all less than thirty minutes long. The lectures are given by R. C. Sproul, Jr, who is very passionate about the subject and knowledgeable. The curriculum also uses movie clips (Charlie Chaplin!!) and other graphics to make the lectures fun and entertaining.
There are a few mentions of starvation and concentration camps that would be unsettling if you did use this course for younger students. Also, I think older students would benefit more from the course because they would have the history foundation to clearly understand some of the concepts discussed.
Here’s the video introduction to the course that I mentioned earlier. Remember the one where I realized that this is not just an ordinary, dry and boring course? You can see for yourself why we thoroughly enjoyed (did I actually say “enjoy”?? about an economics course?) this course and highly recommend it.
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Fellow Schoolhouse Review Crew members received various curriculum to review (Latin, History, Poetry, etc.) so be sure to check out what they all have to say!