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Class uses chocolate to teach economic lessons

A two-day workshop at Pittsburg State University will teach elementary school teachers how they can use chocolate to teach students some basic lessons about economics.

Kenny McDougle, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership, will teach “The Economics of Chocolate” from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on June 4-5 in 214 Hughes Hall.

The class is designed to help teachers use chocolate, a commodity that every grade school student understands and values, as a tool to teach economic concepts that apply around the globe.

For example, if there is plenty of chocolate to satisfy every sweet tooth in the classroom, the value of a piece of chocolate may not be very high. But what happens when there is not enough to go around? Those same concepts can be applied to resources such as energy, food, and raw materials.

McDougle said one side benefit to learning to use chocolate to teach economics is that the students may even eat their homework.

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