• Week 5: September 24-28

    Efficiency vs. Equality I chose to blog about this topic since it relates to the content of my macroeconomics class. According to Gregory Mankiw, professor of economics at Harvard University, efficiency and equality are defined as follows: Efficiency: “the property of a resource allocation of maximizing the total surplus received by all members of society” Equality: “the property of distributing…

  • Week 4: September 17-21

    Here is a portion of my notes from this morning’s class, during which we discussed research and research papers.   Key components of a successful research paper: *Analytical research question *Survey of literature – a summary of previously published studies on the topic *Analysis of research question – argument and evidence *Conclusion – reader takeaways *References   We will learn…

  • Week 3: September 10-14

    How does one’s level of education impact their economic status? I’ll be exploring this question in a research paper this semester. I plan to study the accessibility of education in America, and the relationship between education and economic inequality. I decided upon this topic after reading Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. I enjoyed the chapter on schools in America,…

  • Week 2: September 4-7

    Today, we spent our class time discussing grades. What does an A stand for? What about a C or an F? I had never really though about this before. In high school, an “A” was 90-100%, a “B” was 80-89%, and so on. Everything was objective. Overall grades were based on test scores, and other factors (like effort or participation)…

  • Week 2: September 4-7

    Today, we discussed Horatio Alger’s 1868 novel Ragged Dick. We also had a guest in class: a university research librarian, who is considered an expert on Horatio Alger. He has been studying Alger’s works for years, so he led our discussion this morning. We touched on many topics, including the themes of the novel, the idea of “rags to riches,”…

  • Week 1: August 27-31

    On August 31st, FSEM 100 had the opportunity to hear (via internet connection) from a Teaching Fellow at Warwick University. She modeled what she teaches at Warwick by asking each student in my class to recall a pivotal learning experience. We had time to write about our experiences, then a couple minutes to discuss what we wrote with a partner.…