Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What grade is this curriculum designed for?
Students as early as 9th grade have taken the course with some success; however, this information and the importance of understanding the practical concepts seem to be better appreciated by 11th-12th grade students.
How much teacher preparation is required?
It is always best if the teacher can read the material; however, the Teacher guide provides answers that are thorough enough to equip parents or teachers to confidently assess students' responses. Click here to view sample answers on a Teacher Guide page.
The optional Day 5 activities will require more teacher involvement; however, most can be done with no advanced preparation. A few activities will require a minimal amount of preparation, but detailed instructions are given in the Teacher Guide.
How much time is needed for students to complete daily assignments?
Students should anticipate dedicating about an hour each day for reading, answering questions and viewing videos. Some days may be as little as 30 minutes, other days may require slightly more than one hour of concentrated effort; on any given week, coursework should average 45 minutes per day.
Will this course prepare my high school student to pass the AP Economics Exam?
While EBox does cover all the 20 Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics, the course does not focus on the content required for the AP Exam. For more information on the AP Exam and why this course does not set out to meet the preparation criteria of the AP exam, please read the article found here.
I already have some of the books at home; do I still need to purchase the complete Economics In a Box package?
Common Sense Economics, Money, Greed and God, and Whatever Happened to Penny Candy are essential components to this curriculum, the guides are not meant to be used apart from these main texts. For convenience, you can build a box by adding any or all the required texts to any of the following packages.
Learn more about these options on the "What's in the box" page.
Is this a Christian curriculum?
While the curriculum does not adhere to any particular denomination, it does promote a distinctly Christian worldview.
Money, Greed, and God by Jay Richards (one of the main required texts) best reflects the economic philosophy of this course: free markets, limited governments, private property and the Rule of Law all working together to create a virtuous and free society. Click here to see reviews of Money, Greed and God.