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*A New Economics Curriculum*


The Economics & Science of Hate: Teaching the Holocaust

The H.K. Barker Center for Economic Education’s second annual Teacher Study Tour in Global Economic Education took area educators to Germany and Poland to learning about the economics and science of hate. Participants used the Holocaust as a case study to better understand and confront hate in all its forms. Students applied principles and foundations in economic and science education. In economic education, learners studied how political choices influence economic outcomes; with a focus towards identity, expropriation, and extermination in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. In science education, learners engaged in a critical analysis of false and doubtful assertions made by Nazi leaders in the name of science before and during WWII. In particular, students investigated Nazi Germany’s use of pseudoscience and eugenics as a means to ‘improve’ the genetic quality of the human population.

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Featured Program



Thursday, November 21st  (8:00 am - 1:30 am)

Diversitas is a financial knowledge symposium bringing leaders in financial planning together with middle and secondary teachers, their students, and other career influencers. This event helps guests explore the financial planning industry, to build professional hope for young people and career changers in an industry that is working diligently to be fully inclusive. It is brought to the community by the Financial Planning Program, in partnership with the Barker Center, at The University of Akron’s College.

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2019-20 Programming

Workshop Title and Location
Date and Time

Budgeting Basics: Teaching Financial Literacy (w/AIG Retirement Services)
University of Akron

Sept. 21, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am

Entrepreneurship & STEM Education

Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Dublin, OH

Oct. 14, 2019

The Economics & Science of Hate

Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Dublin, OH

Oct. 15, 2019

Enspire Conference (w/YEI)
Lyndhurst, OH

Nov. 8-9, 2019

Diversitas (w/CBA Financial Planning Department)
University of Akron

Nov. 21, 2019, 8:00 am-1:30 pm

Financial Fitness 4 Life Workshop
University of Akron

Mar. 14, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

Global Economic Education
Location TBA

Summer 2020

Youth Summer Camp: Think Tank to Shark Tank
University of Akron

July 6-10, 2020, 9:00 am-3:30 pm