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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review and Giveaway!!!! : Economics For Everybody

My oldest is going to be a senior next year, and one of the recommended courses is Economics.  I did not like Economics when I took it in High School, I thought it was very boring, and quite honestly have not been looking forward to teaching it to Chelsea next year.  But then, I was offered the opportunity to review Economics For Everybody from The Compass Classroom, and it has truly changed my mind about Economics.

From the website,"Everybody talks about it. The news is full of it. But most Christians know very little about it. Economics: it’s everywhere, influencing everything, and so rarely understood.Economics for Everybody seeks to remedy that through an insightful and entertaining exploration of the principles, practices, and consequences of economics."

Economics For Everybody is taught using a combination of video lessons and a study guide.  It is a Biblical Study of economics.  There are twelve lessons in the course.  The videos range from 15-30 min each and are titled:

And God Created Economics
The Economic Problem of Sin
The Path From Work to Wealth
The Route From Scarcity to Plenty
The Role of the Entrepreneur
A Tale of Two Theologies Part One
A Tale of Two Theologies Part Two
Government Intervention
The Two Mysteries of Monetary Policy
The Welfare and Corporate Sates of America
Economics Has Consequences
Kingdom Economics

Lessons 1-5 introduce key economic principles, 6 and 7 explain the relationship between theology, philosophy, and economics, and 9-12 examine economics in real life systems.

The study guide for each lesson includes: introduction, scripture reading, learning objectives, quotations, lecture outline, discussion questions, multiple choice and short answer, and further study recommendations.  It also contains a list of additional study materials.

Economics For Everybody is recommended for ages middle school to adult. The recommended pace is that you watch one lesson per week and read and answer the questions in the guide using the additional resources if you choose.  The course is recommended for families, churches and small groups, and middle or high school homeschoolers.

You can purchase Economics For Everybody for $45 as either a DVD with a 236 page spiral bound study guide, or as a digital download with a PDF download study guide.

You can download the first two lessons for free before you buy by clicking here.

Watch this introductory video

I received the download version of Economics For Everybody to review.  I downloaded the Study Guide to my iPad into my Notability app so the questions can be answered right on the iPad.  You have the option to download the videos, or stream them from the Compass Classroom website after you purchase.

I LOVE IT!   I would highly recommend!  I love first that it is taught from a Biblical perspective.  The very first principle that is taught is that God owns everything.  He put man in charge of all things and made him his steward.  It teaches very good reasons to study economics: to be obedient to the cultural mandate as children of Adam and Eve, we can grow in prosperity if we follow the economic principles God created for our benefit, God expects us to use that prosperity for the growth of His kingdom, understanding economics helps us understand the Great Commission.  I LOVE that it is taught from a Biblical perspective (I know I said that once, but it's important and worth mentioning again!)

The videos are fabulous!  It is always better to learn something from someone who loves and is passionate about what they are doing.  When the teacher is interested and interesting, it will rub off on the student.  Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. loves what he is teaching, and it shows!  The videos are wonderful.  I love the clips of different people and places that are shown while he is teaching.

The study guides are thorough.  The inclusion of Scripture reading is a bonus along with the outline of what was covered in the lesson.  Comprehension questions assure understanding of the material and there are discussion questions you can go over in your group or with your child(ren.)

I love the portability of the program.  Being able to use the study guide and watch the videos on the iPad is a huge bonus to me.  You can also print the PDF if you choose and watch the videos on a computer.  Of course the physical DVD and study guide can be purchased if you prefer.  It's wonderful to be able to choose what fits your family/situation the best.

If you want to use Economics For Everybody for High School Credit, it is recommended that you purchase Basic Economics 3rd Edition to go along with the course.  There are suggested reading at the end of each section in the Economics For Everybody study guide to tell you which chapters to read.  Working through Economics For Everybody with the additional readings would earn a high schooler 1/2 credit.  If you continued working through the rest of Basic Economics 3rd Edition they would earn a full credit.

Don't believe that a study in Economics is boring and uninteresting!  Try Economics For Everybody!


I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway for my readers!  One of you will win the digital version of Economics For Everybody!  Giveaway starts today and will close on April 24 at 12:00 am.  To enter use the Rafflecopter below.  Good Luck!
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Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary download of Economics For Everybody for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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