Economics & Government

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Teacher: Dana Spears
Date/Time: Monday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: History & Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

This high school course in Economics and Government incorporates a fall semester of Economics and a spring semester of American Government and its roots. Economics topics include: micro-economics, macro-economics, supply and demand, economic models, the Federal Reserve Bank, banking, taxes, and trade. There will be a stock market competition and a prize for the top student. Government topics include: the history of governments, English Common Law, the two-party system, the Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution and its amendments, key legal decisions in American history, state governments, three branches of government, taxation, and the rights and privileges of citizenship. There will be a spring field trip to the state capital during the legistlative session. Students will have reading, projects or papers, and video assignments to complete before class each week. 

Dr. Dana Spears received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and then returned to Georgia to work as a counselor in private practice for many years. She retired from counseling and now focuses on teaching social studies, drama, English, science, and speech for home schooled students. She is the primary author of The Konos Way high school social studies curriculum for home schoolers and co-author of the parenting book "Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer" on parenting creative-sensitive children. She and her husband are active at Intown Community Church in Atlanta. Dr. Spears and her husband have three adult children who were home schooled: a daughter who graduated from Wagner College in New York City and works in  wardrobe on Broadway, a daughter who graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in family studies, and a son who is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee majoring in business.

Cost: $70/month due first class of the semester/month for 9 months OR $260 for the fall semester (Economics) and $320 for the spring semester (Government). Late fee additional $5 per week. Materials fee is $60 and includes 2 texts provided on the first day of class