This course covers the twenty content standards for economics students set by the National Council on Economic Education. We teach and learn using lecture, class discussions, video presentations, and simulation games. (Some games are from the Foundation for Teaching Economics (www.fte.org.) We also look at the philosophies underlying different economic systems, discussing them all and thinking about which is best and why. We discuss related ideas to further our understanding of equality, liberty, work, taxation, and the just role of government in the economy. Our discussions help us gain a better understanding of money, whom it belongs to, and what we ought to do with it so that we may become better stewards.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn one half credit in Economics.
"I just wanted to say thanks for the great week of Economics. Breanna thought you made the class very interesting. She learned a lot and we had some great discussions stimulated by the class. At first, my husband questioned the sanity of driving to Magnolia everyday, but Breanna's enthusiasm convinced him it was worth the drive." - Nancy Wilson
"[T]hank you for the class. [My son] had taken Economics last year, so it was a nice review he said until the third day. So, he also learned new material. I love how you did the class, very non-stressful." - Carol
Time and Place: The Government class meets Monday through Friday from 9:30a–3:00p at the home of instructor Camille Goldston, located at 6311 Merona Lane, Houston, Texas, 77041.
Homework and Testing: The only evening homework is to review notes from class; we start each morning with a review and a quiz of the previous day's material. On the last afternoon students will see all of the same quiz questions again in the form of a final exam for the class. The final also includes one essay concerning ideas discussed in class. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to each student on the last afternoon. Final grades will be mailed within two weeks following the class.
Recommended ages: Fifteen to seventeen. Students fourteen or younger are occasionally admitted depending on the abilities and maturity of the student.
Materials: Each student will need to bring a spiral notebook and pen, plus a lunch each day, and snacks if he wishes. We order pizza for lunch on Friday.
Cost: Course tuition is $175. A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due upon enrollment; the balance is due on or before the first day of class. (Note: If you reserve a spot and your student does not attend the class, you are still obligated to pay the full tuition amount.)
Registration: If your student has never taken a Whetstone class, please request an application using the form available on our Contact page. Currently enrolled students and students from previous summer classes are not required to re-register, but must submit a deposit to guarantee a place in the class. Students are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and classes fill quickly. We advise you to submit your deposit as soon as possible to secure a spot. Mail your deposit (check or money order) to: Whetstone Instructional Support, 6311 Merona Lane, Houston, Texas, 77041.
Dress code: Girls must wear loose-fitting shirts that have sleeves, with capris, jeans, or skirts (no shorts). Boys must wear shirts that have sleeves, and must not wear T-shirts with inappropriate wording or short shorts.
Carpool: If you are interested in carpooling with another family, please let me know, and I will put you in touch with any other parents that are also interested.