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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Filling the free-market gaps in high school economics

FEE has launched our new high school course supplement entitled “The Economics of Entrepreneurship: Serving Yourself by Serving Others Well.”

Pick up a standard high-school economics textbook, and the most remarkable thing you’ll notice is what’s not there.

You’d never know that risk-taking entrepreneurs are the key motivating force in the economy. You wouldn’t have a clue that the most ethical way for young people to build a future of abundance for themselves and their communities is through entrepreneurship.

FEE’s new 40-lesson “Economics of Entrepreneurship” course is available today at no charge on It’s comprehensive enough to be delivered from beginning to end, and flexible enough to supplement individual lessons. To facilitate supplemental use, each module specifies the common learning standards to which it relates.

Since launching two weeks ago, we have already seen tremendous response from educators–primarily home school teachers–indicating that they plan to integrate all or parts of the course into their lesson plans.  

If these educators follow through on their plans, over 10,000 students will be using FEE-approved course material in the 2015-16 school year.

This is exactly what we wanted. Our intention is for educators to apply toward their classroom goals the course’s Freeman articles, videos from partners, and other content that communicates the humane values and ethical principles of a free society.

By enlisting teachers nationwide to deliver solid free-market material, we are making the ideas of liberty available to numbers of young people far beyond those that our paid scholars could ever reach face-to-face.

In this way among others, FEE is focused on making the freedom philosophy familiar and credible to the rising generation.

You can help us spread the word on this important new project to include free-market ideas in high school classrooms. I encourage you to download and share “The Economics of Entrepreneurship” today.

  • Wayne Olson is the Chairman of FEE's Board of Trustees and a former executive director of the Foundation for Economic Education.