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    Jul 18, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    During my Junior year in high school I took a SL Economics class. It was challenging in the way that it combined new topics into old ones so quickly, and that most of the class was lecture. It was more compatible to a college class in the way that your grade was based off of very few assignments and mostly tests. But it gave me a great base level understanding of economics and prepared me to take college level Econ.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this class were that it gave me insight into a topic that had actual implications in the real world. Also, it allowed me and other students to understand a little bit more about the purpose of money, (currency), stocks and taxes.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Listen to Mr, Benson! If you are someone who prefers to not take notes you might want to reconsider that policy before entering this class. What he says in lecture is often times topics that will appear on exams and quizzes even though it wasn't on the power point.

    • Fall 2014
    • Mr. Benson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Competitive Classmates
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    Jun 18, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I learned so much in this class, and it really taught me to appreciate the fundamentals of Macroeconomics. Not to mention, it was a good building block for me to take Microeconomics in college. The selection of books we were given to read for assignments was very interesting. I liked Dead Aid. We watched the occasional movie/documentary which also helped us to learn about the world and other countries. It was easy to see why some countries had better and worse economies. The grading in the class was fair, and the class discussions helped everyone to stay on track.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were the book selections we were given to read. We also had some cool interactive activities that helped us to engage in our own little market. One assignment was to trade the goods that we randomly selected from a bag. We used fake currency to buy what we wanted from other people. The students who selected the most desirable goods were the best off, financially. I learned how the economy functions and why some countries fail to thrive. If we simply give money to people, they will spend it on items they need and then go broke again. But, if we physically travel to an area and help them build a business, they can thrive on their own, in the long term. It is important to have goods that can be exported. If all goods are imported, a country will go into debt.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would say to stay focused in class, and to do the book readings. The tests were similar to what we learned for homework. You have to be interactive, and cannot escape by being quite in a corner. You need to contribute to class discussions. Also, get help from the teacher outside of class. He's very easy to talk to and wants to help.

    • Spring 2009
    • KennethBenson
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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