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Liberty + Leadership News: October 28


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Why Students Should be Taught Economic Literacy

A student and teacher discuss economic principles at an Economics for Leaders at Tufts University in summer 2022.

For many high school students interested in a future with economics, they don’t have an opportunity to learn basic concepts due to their schools not offering an economics course. This week, TFAS High School Program Division’s Executive Director Ted Tucker wrote in eSchool News that despite half the U.S. requiring that high schools offer an economics class, economic literacy has been put on the back burner when it comes to young Americans because many policy makers confuse the discipline of economics with financial literacy.

Economics is crucial to include in curriculum because it helps people better grasp the potential unintended consequences of public policy decisions. That’s why TFAS high school programs are critical to teach students the void left by secondary education in the U.S. These hands-on, engaging programs introduce high school students to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, while also teaching current economics teachers how to become more effective educators.

Read more about why TFAS teaches economics to high school students here.

Hold the Date: TFAS Annual Conference – Feb. 3-5, 2023

How do we change the world? By educating courageous leaders!

Please join TFAS for our 2023 Annual Conference in the beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. At this gathering of TFAS leaders and supporters, we will explore how TFAS is keeping the American Dream alive by upholding the principles upon which our country was founded. You’ll see firsthand how TFAS educates and equips courageous leaders with the principles of economic freedom that are the engine of prosperity and have made America the richest nation in human history.

Registration is available now on Eventbrite. Please register by December 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing! Registration fees go toward the direct cost of all conference sessions, meals and local transportation.

Please visit TFAS.org/AC23 to lear more about our featured speakers, including Mitch Daniels, Former Governor of Indiana, President of Purdue University, and TFAS Trustee Emeritus; Dr. Anne Bradley, George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs; Neal B. Freeman, American Businessman and Political Writer; and more.


Rupak Katuwal ’22 shared a highlight from TFAS Prague 2022 and thanked TFAS for his learning experience after hearing from Barbora Maronkova, communications advisor NATO, during a guest lecture this summer.



Gil Guerra, PPF ’19, co authors an article on the Venezuelan parole cap for Niskan Center.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine argues that fixing the market really means fixing the Fed for Law & Liberty.

Jack Butler, Novak ’22, speaks to Young America’s Foundation at Catholic University on the topic of national conservatism.

Heather DeSantis-Holmes ’10 writes about starting her own company, living for years in an Airstream, homesteading and starting a family.

Haley Britzky ’16 writes about COVID-19’s effect American students’ test scores and it’s impact on the military for Task & Purpose.

Leslie Corbly ’14 co-authors a piece on consumer privacy laws for the American Institute for Economic Research.

Samantha-Jo Roth ’13 is now a congressional reporter for the Washington Examiner.

Suzanne Kianpour’s ’09 latest BBC Documentary, on the shadow war between Israel and Iran, is now available.

TFAS professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01 writes in Law & Liberty on “Russia’s Subtle Victory in the Middle East.”

Charles McElwee, Novak ’20, is on Fox News talking about the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Carine Hajjar, Rago ’22, writes in The Wall Street Journal about the possibility of Hispanic voters turning to Republicans in Nevada’s races.

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