Government & Economics (M9:00)

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Teacher: Brad Winsted
Date/Time: Monday - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: History & Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 18

High School Level (Civics – 1st Semester, Economics – 2nd Semester)

Weekly lectures by the instructor will coincide normally with one chapter in the text. Students will be expected to read the assignments as classroom discussion is part of the final grade. There will be one quiz, one mid-term and one final test each semester along with an individual student report of 20 minutes on a related topic. Basic Macro and Micro economic theory will be studied with special application to the student’s lives. Government spending, deficits, public and private debt, unemployment, supply and demand graph, opportunity costs, business cycles, inflation, deflation and costs/expenses of running a business or family will be covered. Brad favors the free enterprise, “Austrian School” of economics as being the most likely system to bring long term prosperity and economic stability as contrasted with today’s Government Interventionist Keynesian Economics which will eventually bankrupt the country (i.e. Greece).

The government side of the course will concentrate on how our federal government system operates on the federal, state and local level. We will study in detail the executive, legislative and judicial aspects of our government and how the founding fathers meant this to be a “check and balance” to guarantee that the government would be a servant and not a tyrant to its citizens. Particular emphasis will be on learning the intent and content of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. 

Economics has been called the "dismal science".  Brad will attempt to bring economics alive by showing the class that most of our decisions have economic motives and consequences as we constantly do "cost-benefit" analyses with "scarce resources with alternative uses" as we arrive at solutions in day to day living.  Brad is a Christian instructor who prays for and with his students in and out of class desiring that God through His Son Jesus Christ will be glorified in all we do.

Grades determined by: Homework (10%); Classroom Participation (10%); Quiz (10%); Classroom Project/Presentation (20%); Mid-term Examination (25%) and Final Examination (25%).  Class size: minimum 6 students; maximum 18 students.

Tuition: $275 per semester. If two siblings are concurrently taking the class or the student is taking another of Brad's classes concurrently another $25 discount per semester is offered (contact to arrange). Payment can be made in two installments, if necessary. Checks should be made out to “CMI” and sent to Brad Winsted, 3304 Equestrian Trail, Marietta, GA 30064 or given to him directly.

$500 for entire year (both semesters) if paid to Brad Winsted by Sept 30, 2018; also $250 per semester if two siblings are taking the course or the student is taking another class from Brad Winsted simultaneously.

Textbooks: “Civics and Economics” by Davis and Fernlund, published by Prentice Hall, ISBN-0-13-037024-X. A second book is added to the Economics semester, "Christian Economics" by R.C. Sproul Jr.