Lessons from the Industrial Revolution

March 9, 2019 - Colorado Springs

The industrial revolution that began in England in the 18th century is, arguably, the defining event of western civilization in the last 250 years. The productive capacity made possible by combining fossil fuel (coal) with steam power unleashed human beings from their connection with the land, community and society, in unprecedented ways. Such a transformation could not go unnoticed by some of the period’s greatest thinkers – Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo and Karl Marx. This class will explore why the industrial revolution occurred where and when it did, how the American industrial revolution differs from that in Britain and the lessons for our modern economy. We’ll make connections to the revised Colorado social studies standards for 7th-12th grade history and economics, and demonstrate lessons you can use to show your students how business and daily life changed and how they stayed the same.

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  • Grades: Secondary Teacher Focus (all K-12 welcome)

  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  • Location: Colorado Springs

  • FEE: $25*

  • Optional Credit: ½ UCCS ECON 6310 Graduate Credit Hour, $51. Credit is good for Certificate in Economic Education.

  • Faculty: Mark Smith, PhD, Professor, Colorado College; mentor teacher Jay LeBlanc, EconLitCo

  • Includes: Light breakfast and lunch

$50 & $100 Teacher Travel Stipends Are Available

Economic Literacy Colorado is offering a travel stipend for active teachers. Fill out a form (provided at the class) and we will send you a check upon mileage verification. Receive $50 when you drive over 75 miles one way or $100 when you drive over 200 miles one way. One stipend per carpool please.
*REFUND POLICY: Registration cancellations must be requested 10 business days prior to the class start date; otherwise registration fees will be forfeited.

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