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Teaching economics as political and ethical choices

Teaching economics as political and ethical choices

Update: 2020-10-14
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We welcome back Lev Moscow of the Beacon School to discuss his approach to teaching political economy, which actually applies to any social science. It’s not primarily about the numbers but about the human choices behind them. How do we determine who gets paid what and who gets to spend 80,000 hours in a lifetime engaged in meaningful work? Also, how our mantra of continuous economic growth will end life as we know it. 



















Overview






00:00-00:39 Intros


00:39-02:25 Why teach economics


02:25-08:55 “What Money Can’t Buy”: When are markets corrupted; ethics of markets


08:55-12:34 “Political economy” as distinguished from “economics”


12:34-18:09 Consequences of using increasing growth as metric of healthy economy


18:09-22:43 Ethical questions of teaching from textbooks that don’t correspond to how things work


22:43-26:20 Education for democracy vs education for workforce preparation


26:20-30:36 “80,000 Hours”: Encouraging students to think of maximizing the potential usefulness of their work lives


30:36-32:43 Grades as part of the economic system


32:43-35:37 Supporting young women to become economists


35:37-37:00 Outro






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Soundtrack by Podington Bear


Photo by Thomas De Luze 













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Teaching economics as political and ethical choices

Teaching economics as political and ethical choices

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