Economic Literacy and Public Education

Professor Mark Blyth

Since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, The Choices Program has received numerous requests to develop curriculum materials for high school social studies 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 University with High School Classrooms

Choices has a long-stading mission to bring high quality content on international issues to high school classrooms. More than 16,000 teachers have signed up to receive email updates from Choices. Our curriculum materials are currently used in more than 8,000 high schools throughout the United States and around the world.

Blyth's videos on the global economy accompany International Trade: Competition and Cooperation in a Globalized World, one of 35 curriculum units produced by The Choices Program. Blyth also took the leading role in Austerity, another video produced by The Watson Institute—worth watching if you haven't seen it yet.