The final thoughts of the year in blogging.
As the school year closes and our EconDiaries blog shuts down, I wanted to share some final thoughts on this grand project. When I first came up with the idea to write as historical figures I was trying to engage the three seniors in my very tiny Honors Economics class in two ways, first to have them connect to history and second to have them think critically about the policies and decisions that shape our world-the world of their future.
Too often I have found that students avoid reading the great philosophers in the discipline they study, many are more concerned with the theories as they stand. The writers of economic thought all wrote on multiple subjects from politics to sociology, mathematics and even literature. The theories we use in economics today are the culmination of over two hundred years of analysis. We would not have the debate in the discipline without…
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