Since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, The Choices Program has received numerous requests to develop curriculum materials for high school classrooms about international economics, the global financial system, competing economic theories, etc. Creating curriculum is a challenging process regardless of the topic, but the general lack of coverage of economics information in high school makes it a steeper slope to climb. Introducing students to what, for many, is a completely new academic discipline is a daunting task.
What did we do?
Step 1: Ask an Expert
Choices started with an expert on the international political economy. We sat down at the Watson Institute to do an interview with Professor Mark Blyth about some of the economic principles behind the globalized economy.
Step 2: Use New Media to Clarify Information
Choices used new media and animations to help emphasize and illustrate the points Blyth makes during his interview.
Step 3: Connect the Expert with High School Classrooms
Choices has a long-standing mission to bring high quality content on international issues to high school classrooms.
Blyth’s videos on the global economy accompany International Trade: Competition and Cooperation in a Globalized World. Blyth also took the leading role in Austerity, an editorial video produced by The Watson Institute—worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet.