Explaining how our nation’s economy works to high school students is no easy task. To make it easier, the McConnell Center partnered with FreedomTrust which helps Kentucky teachers and students better understand economic policy through a series of lectures, economic experiments and discussions.
“We are excited about the potential of this partnership,” said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. “Economics is one of the areas in which teachers have asked us to provide professional development opportunities for them. This partnership with FreedomTrust will allow us to help Kentucky teachers and students better understand and discuss economic issues and principles.”
This innovative program brings together Kentucky civics teachers with their peers from across the country to study topics such as “The American Experience,” “The Basics of Economics,” “Why Trade?” and “Understanding Taxation.”
A day-long tutorial held last month on the Belknap campus was led by Dr. James Harrigan, director of academic programs at Strata, and Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. Harrigan said the chance to engage teachers and students alike through the McConnell Center was an opportunity too good to pass up.
“We are pleased to return to Kentucky this spring and to work with such an accomplished institution like the McConnell Center as we pilot new ways to reach teachers and students with economic education,” Harrigan said.