Catholic Info

Traditional Catholic Faith => The Catholic Bunker => Topic started by: Nadir on April 10, 2021, 12:52:42 AM

Title: homeschooling economics - Seeing the Invisible
Post by: Nadir on April 10, 2021, 12:52:42 AM
Is there a homeschooler, or someone knowledgable on the topic of economics, who could review this book?

Seeing the Invisible: Economics for Children eBook: Sabhlok, Sanjeev: Amazon.com.au (http://amazon.com.au/): Kindle Store
https://www.amazon.com.au/Seeing-Invisible-Economics-Sanjeev-Sabhlok-ebook/dp/B07M9GSCMQ (https://www.amazon.com.au/Seeing-Invisible-Economics-Sanjeev-Sabhlok-ebook/dp/B07M9GSCMQ)


Incidentally, Sanjeev Sabhlok, moral philosopher and economist based in Melbourne, Australia, after many years in civil service in both India and Australia, Sanjeev left the civil service to protest the Victorian government’s pandemic .

Would it be suitable for Catholic homeschoolers?
Title: Re: homeschooling economics - Seeing the Invisible
Post by: Stanley N on April 10, 2021, 01:42:03 AM
First paragraph of section 2.3:

In the past, only kings and priests mattered, but around 400 years ago, some people – a few in Germany and Spain but mainly in the Netherlands and England – began to think for themselves. They started asking questions. Science also began at that time.

From the Amazon blurb about the book:

After reading this book, every child will begin to appreciate the power of markets and the risks of government interventions. 

---

Modern capitalism tends to emphasize market freedom, and implicitly, consumption. Catholic economics tends to emphasize personal ownership of property, and implicitly, production. They are not necessarily opposed, but I get the impression this particular book is more in the modern capitalism camp. That could be OK if it's balanced with other views.

Consider including:
- the two pre-V2 encyclicals covering social economics (Rerum novarum and Quadragesimo anno)
- Belloc's Economics for Helen, which you can find free as PDF (that will cover distributism, of course)

I may suggest some other books of a more secular nature, if you're interested.
Title: Re: homeschooling economics - Seeing the Invisible
Post by: Nadir on April 10, 2021, 02:21:12 AM
First paragraph of section 2.3:

In the past, only kings and priests mattered, but around 400 years ago, some people – a few in Germany and Spain but mainly in the Netherlands and England – began to think for themselves. They started asking questions. Science also began at that time.

From the Amazon blurb about the book:

After reading this book, every child will begin to appreciate the power of markets and the risks of government interventions.

---

Modern capitalism tends to emphasize market freedom, and implicitly, consumption. Catholic economics tends to emphasize personal ownership of property, and implicitly, production. They are not necessarily opposed, but I get the impression this particular book is more in the modern capitalism camp. That could be OK if it's balanced with other views.

Consider including:
- the two pre-V2 encyclicals covering social economics (Rerum novarum and Quadragesimo anno)
- Belloc's Economics for Helen, which you can find free as PDF (that will cover distributism, of course)

I may suggest some other books of a more secular nature, if you're interested.
Thank you, Stanley. That’s helpful.
That first statement is a bit off-beam. That’s the sort of comment I’d be looking for. 
I am well past homeschooling, but my offspring is homeschooling, and their 9 children range in age from 7 to <1. So I am thinking for the future.
Thank you for recommending the encyclicals and the Belloc book. I’ll check that out.
Maybe other homeschoolers might be glad of your other recommendations.
God bless.
Title: Re: homeschooling economics - Seeing the Invisible
Post by: TKGS on April 10, 2021, 06:01:15 AM
How old are the students?

For my high school children, I used Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell for a one semester course.  The book contains a questions section at the end for each chapter.  I had the students answer 3-5 questions that I chose in essay form which was also evaluated for English grammar.  We always orally discussed the chapters and remaining questions because it was most important for the children to understand the economic principles explained in each chapter.

 (https://smile.amazon.com/Basic-Economics-Thomas-Sowell/dp/0465060730/ref=sr_1_1?crid=JGXJ949AUE77&dchild=1&keywords=basic+economics+thomas+sowell&qid=1618052035&sprefix=basic+economics+%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-1)Basic Economics (https://smile.amazon.com/Basic-Economics-Thomas-Sowell/dp/0465060730/ref=sr_1_1?crid=JGXJ949AUE77&dchild=1&keywords=basic+economics+thomas+sowell&qid=1618052035&sprefix=basic+economics+%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-1)