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  •  We Probably Need Some Credible Economists Such (30+ / 0-)

    as Krugman to distribute criticism to school boards that would be receiving this crap.

    These goons play very long ball and we haven't had anyone on our side similarly engaging. We just assume education will inherently advance enlightenment as the right methodically captures education.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:53:52 AM PST

    •  Krugman can't do everything. (7+ / 0-)

      Also, I'd withhold critique of the thing until it is shown there are claims in the material which doesn't hold water.

      Republican economics is unscience.  If there is Republican economics biased teaching in these materials, I'm sure that the economics community will point out the problems with it.

      My grandfather once lamented to me that the Republicans have become "More and more liberal" over the years.  At the time, I was shocked, as I didn't know how he could have that perception.

      Only later, I realized what he must have been thinking.  Republicans have become more socially conservative, yes.  But at the same time they have become fiscally irresponsible to the point of self-immolating mass hysteria.

      As an old-timey Republican, his approach to political thinking was primarily based on the old Republican brand, and since they've been slowly abandoning that philosophy in favor of a world of economic fairy tales, they look more to him like the Democratic party of old.  Craft the policy, don't worry about how to pay for it, or magic will happen, and it will somehow pay for itself.

      I don't know if the old-timey Democratic party was fiscally irresponsible or not and it doesn't matter.  For now, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt on that.  Either way, the Republican party has come off the hinges over the years, and become fiscally irresponsible.  Several "I am an ex-Republican" diaries I've read suggest that as well.

      Fiscal irresponsibility IS something that needs to be addressed, and the way to do it would be to teach kids basic economics, since they will be future voters.

      We're only going to get the idiots out of office if people are wise enough to recognize bullshit shell games and idiot ideas enough to punish politicians who try to use them.

      •  That would be fine if this curriculum (1+ / 0-)
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        was actually teaching basic economics....

        Fiscal irresponsibility IS something that needs to be addressed, and the way to do it would be to teach kids basic economics, since they will be future voters.
        It doesn't sound like it does that--it sounds like it's teaching politicized economics.

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:53:29 PM PST

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        •  Teaching how social security...contributes to (1+ / 0-)
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          The national debt?
          Right there we have a measure of the crazy.

        •  If they're teaching economics (4+ / 0-)
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          in terms of the federal government, they need to be teaching the basics of macroeconomics.  One of the biggest problems we have in this country is that most people assume that budgeting and spending for a sovereign country with its own currency works the same way as a household or even a business or state government, all of which are forced to balance their budgets.

          If they're teaching "basic" economics, they are probably addressing the microeconomics of budgets that must be balanced, in which case they shouldn't be referring to the economics of the federal government's budget at all unless they're willing to delve into how much different it is.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:53:55 PM PST

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      •  Neoclassical economics is at its core (1+ / 0-)
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        conservative, just as neoclassical economists are, at their core, conservative.

        Just read the first ten pages of any HS economics textbook.

        The Social Studies curriculum wars have been going on for over one hundred years.  We are losing.

        "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

        by Pierro Sraffa on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:12:36 PM PST

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      •  if you really want to do this: (3+ / 0-)
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        Fiscal irresponsibility IS something that needs to be addressed, and the way to do it would be to teach kids basic economics, since they will be future voters.
        you'd have to start with defense spending, and the fiscal record of every republican president since nixon. somehow, i doubt this "series" of lesson plans does that. the modern republican party has been the most profligate spenders of the nation's wealth in history. again, i doubt that's mentioned either.
      •  In Europe (0+ / 0-)

        they refer to the Republican experimental fiscal policies as "neo-liberalism", having veered from the true conservatism via trickle-down and tax cuts that somehow raise revenue. They push very creative new ways to balance the budget. This term fits better than "neo-conservatism".

    •  This. is a great idea ! nt (0+ / 0-)

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