About the Event
Trade issues occasionally dominate and are a continuing theme of the international scene: the global market, trade deficits, the euro, sanctions, tariffs, embargoes, and the seemingly endless alphabet of interest groups, treaties, organizations, and trade agreements. As a classroom topic, international trade has the great advantage of providing ready-made material for teachers wanting to engage student interest in current events. On the other hand, the complexity of the issues surrounding trade is daunting. While economic reasoning doesn’t guarantee resolution of the issues, it is a powerful tool of critical thinking that brings clarity to the discussion of current events. The ability to determine comparative advantage through opportunity cost, the ability to identify incentives and predict resulting behavior, and the ability to use supply and demand analysis of particular labor and resource markets, help students to set aside the emotion of international trade issues and cut through the rhetoric of media reports. This workshop will offer examples and classroom activities that help students build a foundation for their opinions on the news of the day.
Speakers & Instructors
John Kessler is a continuing lecturer of economics and the Director of the Center for Economic Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne in northeast Indiana. In 2010 and 2012 he won the Peter V. Harrington award for best university-based economic education center in Indiana. He has worked with the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University on their Common Sense Economics program and as the Chief Academic Officer for Certell, Inc., which offers online courses in economics for teacher professional development and homeschool students. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and his master’s at the University of Delaware in Economics and Entrepreneurship Education. Originally from Arizona, he served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Council for the Social Studies and the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers. John has taught US History, Government, and Economics at the secondary level and was voted the Rookie of the Year by the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers. He has worked as an economics education consultant for the National Council on Economic Education, Arizona Council on Economic Education and the National Academy Foundation. In 2005, he traveled to Romania on an NCEE study tour to explore their transition from a command to a market economy. Prior to becoming a teacher, John worked as a liaison for Senator John McCain and was a trumpet player in the 1st Marine Division Band.close