The Center for Economic Education
Programs for Teachers and Students
Through its Center for Economic Education, the Probasco Chair offers programs for teachers and students to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of capitalism, and the positive relationship between private enterprise and economic prosperity. Dr. J. R. Clark holds the Probasco Chair and directs the Center for Economic Education.
Common Sense for Life: A Workshop for Teachers
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
July 30-31, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Common Sense Economics for Life: A Workshop for Teachers is designed for economics teachers in grades 9-12 and will be combined with media technology in a manner that makes learning fun. The workshop will focus on what beginning students really need to know: the operation of markets, the importance of entrepreneurship, the institutional elements of a prosperous economy, the economics of political decision-making, and important principles of personal finance that will help students make better career, spending, saving, and investment decisions throughout their lifetimes. In addition, the workshop will provide an overview of current educational resources available to economics teachers.
This workshop is presented by The Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise Center for Economic Education, in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Space is limited! Please click below for registration and details.
Chattanooga Teachers Study Free Market Environmentalism in Costa Rica
In June 2001, 2003 and 2011, teachers from across the United States attended summer teachers’ institutes on the “Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues.” Each seminar was an eight-day module on free-market environmentalism in Costa Rica, co-sponsored by the Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, The Walker Foundation, and the Political Economy Research Center (PERC).
|J. R. Clark addresses teachers on the "Economics of
Environmental Moral Imperatives" at Tortuguero.
|Participant Beverly Kastetter photographs canopy wildlife while zip lining in the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest.|
The purpose of the seminars was to unite science and economics teachers in the classroom and in the field, sharpening awareness of the contribution each makes to environmental issues. Costa Rica proved an ideal laboratory for this experience, allowing the participants to compare public and private environmental efforts through site visits to rain forest, coastal, and marine habitats. The teachers experienced lectures from internationally recognized experts in environmental issues and learned the "vital link between science and economics." For more information on the "Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues" seminar, please click here for the brochure.