Economics is an Education Essential

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Reading, writing and arithmetic are the age-old basics of a good education. Today, however, there is another academic focus that is "basic" to preparing students for the future—economic education.

In Gwinnett County Public Schools, economic education is taught as part of our essential curriculum in kindergarten through grade 12. Teachers provide grade-appropriate lessons on the core principles of earning, saving, borrowing, and investing, giving students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of both economics and personal finance.

Laying that foundation begins in elementary school as children learn basic economic concepts as part of their language arts and mathematics lessons. Many of our schools partner with Junior Achievement to bring the economic community into our K-5 classrooms, and a number of them are using the "Stock Market Game" to engage the interest of the next generation of taxpayers, homeowners and business professionals.

In grades 6-8, the focus ranges from Georgia”s economic history to the wide world of international trade. Teachers continually look for relevant ways to integrate economic concepts into their classroom instruction on a regular basis.

Lastly, economics makes up an important part of the curriculum and instruction in all of our high school social studies courses. In geography and world history classes, for example, students learn about the economic impact of various regions of the world, as well as that of key historical events from medieval times to the present day. International economics is a vital part of elective courses such as those that explore contemporary or controversial issues. And Gwinnett teams are frequent standouts in the "Stock Market Game" where their economic knowledge and skills are put to the test in real-world simulations.

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