[extropy-chat] economics of scarcity to economics of plenty
rhanson at gmu.edu
Tue Nov 1 17:53:13 UTC 2005
At 11:41 AM 11/1/2005, Brian Atkins wrote:
>Jeff Davis wrote:
>>Our culture does NOT make a focused effort to train
>>people to be economically savvy,
>I completely agree with that.
>I was thinking about it yesterday after I posted... was reminded of
>my high school experience, wherein I was forced as part of the
>curriculum to take some vocational classes. The choices were things
>like: typing, computer word processing, "home economics", drafting, wood shop.
>How many kids would choose a "business 101 + investing" choice if
>they had offered it? Why isn't something like this a standard
>offering in schools?
This is an excellent, and I think deep question. Well worth
pondering at length. Why indeed. Not only are there no courses to
teach you how to invest in or run a business, they also teach little
about how to be a savvy consumer.
Robin Hanson rhanson at gmu.edu http://hanson.gmu.edu
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