Life of Fred Pre-Algebra II with Economics

I think this curriculum is kind of fun and quirky, and we liked the algebra course for my older son, and so far my daughter thinks Pre-Algebra part I is pretty good (for someone who dislikes math!).

But last week I was very concerned to find that the Economics part presents a very inappropriately biased view of economics and history (i.e., Civil War history--a very one-sided, misleading and seemingly politically motivated view of causes of the war).

The author makes judgement comments on concepts such as capitalism, competition, socialism, etc.--i.e., competition is "good," import taxes are bad, etc.--when he should simply be presenting the concepts and letting the readers judge for themselves. And since when was socialism a "political" system? I've always heard it was an economic system that could used under any government, including a democratic one--as it is widely recognized that the U.S. has a hybrid econmics system that includes elements of socialism. (Has the author never heard of Social Security, Medicare, highways, public libraries, national parks, corporate welfare, or government-funded workers such as police and fire fighters?) Such a biased view, no matter what our politics are, does not belong in a curriculum.

I want my children to be given a broader, more accurate picture and make the judgments themselves; I don't want the writer of a textbook to try to influence their politics with his opinions.

OTOH, my disappointment at this bias led to an educational discussion between my daughter and me. For example, we discussed how local workers and businesses are impacted by competition from overseas companies, which might not have minimum wage laws for their workers. We talked about how this could affect the workers themselves, and how in the past the lack of minimum wage laws often led to hard-working people living in dire poverty. And we discussed how taxes imposed on imports could also be viewed as unfair. So overall, it has prompted interesting discussion.

Comments for Life of Fred Pre-Algebra II with Economics

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Not opinions- FACTS!
by: Anonymous

What you point out as opinions are facts & your facts are opinions at variance with reality: tariffs impoverish, minimum wage laws reduce employment & NEVER rescued workers from poverty.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Curriculum Review.

Recent Articles

  1. Teaching Creative Thinking - thinking strategies in your homeschool

    Feb 03, 19 11:35 PM

    Are we teaching creative thinking and producing thinkers in our homeschool? How can we make sure that the curriculum we create is focusing on skills and techniques and not just on content?

    Read More

  2. Understand Learning Stages to sharpen your homeschool focus

    Jan 31, 19 07:33 PM

    Understanding learning stages helps to focus attention on the best homeschool teaching methods, what to focus on and real life learning for the child at their stage of learning.

    Read More

  3. High school Home schooling - Keep learning real -Develop future skills

    Jan 31, 19 07:09 PM

    High School Home schooling - Do not fear! Best tips on how to develop skills for the future - business, hobbies, passions - not just academics; This page opens up the possibilities of homeschooling in…

    Read More