What is economics about? Ask a random person and he/she will say: ‘money’. If the person is well-read, then chances are he/she will mention growth and scarcity. Unfortunately, this distorted image of economics also appears in high school text books and in academic courses on economics.
The risk of this caricatured approach to economics is that economists are trained to be mechanical modellers who insufficiently take into account the context. The financial crisis has taught us what happens when economics and economists become adrift from society.
Economics is so much more than money and self-interest
Economics is so much more than money and self-interest. We advocate the integration of economic concepts with relationships, so that economics returns to the centre of society, where it belongs. Young people’s understanding of the possibilities and constrains of cooperating with people in the social context will increase. Mutual appreciation, empathy and servitude will increase, resulting in better relationships between people and in a more prosperous economy. High school students are offered a framework for criticizing the current economy. At the same time, they get a better understanding of the achievements and opportunities in our societies.
High school students are thus enabled to make better decisions in the rest of their lives, which is for the better, since in today’s flexible labour market, people can no longer entirely count on their employer for training, pensions and social insurances.