Bookworm is well ahead of his age when it comes to his obsessive interest in politics and economics. He has been wanting to study economics for quite some time, but most of the textbooks available are for high school or even college level students. The solution came in the DVD series, Economics for Everybody by R.C. Sproul Jr.
About Economics for Everybody
Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, and the World ($42.75) is created by Sproul, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries as well as a professor and lecturer at Ligonier Academy in both the Bible college and D.Min. programs. He is also the founder of Highland Ministries.
This product is part of Timberdoodle’s 12th grade curriculum and counts as 1/2 high school Economics credit.
The product includes 2 DVDs containing 12 lessons as well as an approximately 240 page workbook.
The DVD lessons are each 15 to 27 minutes long, and they’re engaging to watch. Sproul appears framed by a grey screen, and throughout the presentations, historical clips are shown which add to the interest in the presentation. However, some of the historical clips such as victims of the Holocaust may disturb sensitive viewers. To Sproul’s credit, the lessons that contain graphics that may disturb some are clearly marked both on the DVD and the workbook.
The workbook has directions for using the course as a course for middle school or high schoolers, or as a church class, or for families and individuals. For middle school and high school students, a textbook is recommended. There are several economic textbooks listed as a resource, so you can choose the one you like best or that you can find most easily. This flexibility is appreciated.
For each lesson, the workbook gives an extensive lesson outline as well as several multiple choice, short answer, and discussion questions. There are also sources available for further study.
This course is unabashedly Christian; Sproul references Biblical passages throughout his presentations and in the workbook, and the theory of economics that he presents is from a Christian worldview.
How We Used the Course
At his age, Bookworm is a bit young for the full-blown course, so we didn’t search for a textbook for him to use. Instead, we watched the DVDs and discussed them. Bookworm was interested in the information, and enjoyed watching the DVDs.
I thought this course gave him a good, general theory of how economics work. The course to me seemed more like a general overview of the principles of economics rather than a course that got into the nitty gritty of economics such as you may find in a personal economics course.
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