September 28, 2011

Searching for facts

Boom has a recurring assignment in her economics class this year.  Every couple of weeks she is supposed to find an article and write a commentary on it.  The rubric details the goals of; explaining the linkages between the extract and an economic theory, demonstration of economic insights into the implications of the extract and providing evidence of the student's ability to evaluate current events from the point of view of an economist.  The commentary should contain; appropriate use of economic terminology, definitions of economic terms, proper application of economic theories and in-depth analysis of the material. 

Sounds like fun, huh?

The biggest issue she is having is finding appropriate material.  By and large, the extract itself should contain little to no commentary.  I challenge you to find an (economy focused) article that isn't, mostly, an opinion piece.  When did our media become so laser-focused on making a point, rather than delivering the information?

Ultimately, Boom has to have four of these commentaries for her official portfolio.  She has had one year of micro and is about 1/3 of the way through the macro portion and can even make a decent point beyond those parameters with some assistance, so if you come across an article based on information rather than journalism school analysis or pseudo celebrity opinion - please, send the link our way.


CenTexTim said...

Sent some to your gmail account. Did you get them?

Harper said...

Yep, thanks! I want her to really 'get' econ, something that most politicians never bothered with.