Government & Economics

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Teacher: Brad Winsted
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 8th, 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, unemployment, supply and demand, opportunity costs, business cycles, inflation, deflation and costs/expenses of running a business 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.

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: $300 per semester. Possible sibling discount (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.

$550 for entire year (both semesters) if paid to Brad Winsted by Sept 30, 2021, also $275 per semester if two siblings are taking the course or the student is taking another class from Brad Winsted simultaneously. 

Textbook: “Civics and Economics” by Davis and Fernlund, published by Prentice Hall, ISBN-0-13-037024-X. If you can find a used textbook, please get it.

Additional textbook for second semester Economics portion of class: “Biblical Economics” by R.C. Sproul, JR; ISBN 978-160702-150-6. Published by Tolle Lege Press, again please get a used book if possible.