Thursday, April 24, 2008

Economics, Research and Passover

I had lunch today with a friend/colleague. We've known each other for a long time - I was her M.Ed advisor. Early in her career she was a Business Education teacher but more recently she has had a deep interest in Program Evaluation.

Then this evening I was visiting a friend who has been an entrepreneur in Saskatchewan for over 40 years.

In both of these situations we discussed the need to understand economics in terms of participating in the economy as consumers and employees and in terms of being an entrepreneur and creating wealth within the economy.

Basically both said that it was a no-brainer that a good understanding of economics is fundamental to operating well within any economy.

So if it is so clear to so many people why doesn't the Ministry of Education understand this????

On a research note my friend/colleague/student Rhonda Haus has finally received permission to begin her study on the Practical and Applied Arts in Regina. We are still waiting for a response from one of the school boards in Regina but the other Board has approved the study so we are beginning to collect data.

I think this study will be very revealing in terms of what is being taught and by whom. But more importantly Rhonda has the opportunity to capture teacher's attitudes towards these classes.

And on a final note - I am sick of Matzah!!

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