Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Self-Paced Economics Class for High School

Economics self-paced online course from Mr. D Math

The following post is in collaboration with Mr. D Math. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a parent of a homeschooled high schooler, I'm always on the lookout for a good elective. This semester, we chose to go with economics given how important that topic is in today's current news stream. And Mr. D's Economics class is exactly what we were looking for!

Elective classes are those a student takes that are outside of the required curriculum. Some count for one full credit (two semesters), others only count for half a credit (one semester). The number of credits your child needs in order to graduate from high school varies by state, but is typically between 22 - 26 credits.

Electives are a good way to for your child to explore their different interests, as well as to develop skills that they want to work on or further develop.

Quick Overview

ProgramEconomics for High School
Religious Perspective
Format: (Self-Paced) 
5 and higher
Price: $
Credit: ½ Credit

Economics self-paced online course from Mr. D Math

Self-Paced Economics Lessons

My son is taking Mr. D Math's self-paced Economics class online. We've really enjoyed using Mr. D Math for classes, but don't be misled by the name! The company offers many different classes, not just math classes. In fact, you can read a review I did of their Flamenco Dance class last year. 

Other subjects include:
  • American Sign Language
  • American Grammar (Language Arts)
  • Training Like an Olympic Runner (Athletics)
  • Flamenco Guitar
  • Test Prep (ACT and SAT)
  • more...

Economics self-paced online course from Mr. D Math

How It Works

Mr. D has its own learning portal. Students login and are directed to their dashboard. There they can select the class that they are taking and go to the class home page. All the lessons are laid out in modules. I really like that students can't advance before they complete the lesson they are working on.

Each lesson has a certain number of sections. My son just starts with the first and moves on to the next one after he completes each one. Most of the sections have a video lecture, but some have PDF files to download and print. 

There are projects and quizzes, too.  

This course covers concepts such as goods/services, supply/demand, risk neutral/risk averse, free market economy/command economy/mixed economy, debt/deficit, monopolies, etc. 

The course also discusses opening a bank account, credit cores, calculating interest, comparing benefits packages, reading a paycheck/paystub, budgeting and more. 

Economics self-paced online course from Mr. D Math

What My Son Likes About the Course

My son is enjoying learning about economics. "So much stuff I hear about makes sense now," he told me. He also enjoys the learning interface, which is very easy to navigate. And he likes how the material is presented in order and the fact that he can't get lost or accidentally start the wrong lesson.

What I Love About the Course

I love that this is a topic that I don't have to teach myself. Because it's been a LONG time since I studied economics. And I simply don't have the time to add another course to study and teach to my plate. 

Knowing that my son's instructor is well versed in economic jargon and can teach it so that it makes sense totally helps me... AND my son!

Also, I want my kids to understand how the economy works and what causes the price fluctuations that we see happening today. I'm also nurturing my son's entrepreneurial spirit and hope this class helps him understand his own business and the outside forces that will affect the decisions he makes.

Finally, as a parent, I like that I can simply login to my child's account and look click on each quiz to see the grade he made. This makes logging those high school grades easy for me.

I personally strongly recommend this course as a high school elective. I think it would pair really well with a consumer math class. Together, they would really benefit students for living on their own. 

If you'd like to check out the class description or register your high schooler for this class, click here to visit Mr. D Math's website.

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