Eastside Academic Studies


Economics (Fall)/ US Gov't (Spring)

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Teacher: Dana Spears
Date/Time: Thursday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Room: 260/262
Department: History and Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

This high school course in Government and Economics incorporates a fall semester of American Government and its roots, and a spring semester of Economics. Government topics include: the history of governments, English Common Law, the two-party system, the Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution and its amendments, key legal decisions in American history, state governments, three branches of government, taxation, and the rights and privileges of citizenship. Economics topics include: micro-economics, macro-economics, supply and demand, economic models, the Federal Reserve Bank, banking, taxes, and trade. There will be a stock market competition and a prize for the top student. Students will have reading, projects or papers, and video assignments to complete before class each week. A book/weblink list will be provided one month before the first class.

Dr. Dana Spears received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and then returned to Georgia to work as a counselor in private practice for many years. She retired from counseling and now focuses on teaching social studies, drama, and speech for home schooled students. She is the primary author ofThe Konos Way high school social studies curriculum for home schoolers and co-author of the parenting book Strong-Willed Child or Dreameron parenting creative-sensitive children. She has directed numerous plays through community theater groups and Konos Academy in Fayetteville, GA, and has coached students who qualified for regional and national competitions in speech through NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association). She and her husband are active at Intown Community Church in Atlanta. Dr. Spears and her husband have three adult children who were home schooled: a daughter who graduated from Wagner College in New York City and works as a costume designer, a daughter who is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in family studies, and a son who is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee majoring in business.

Cost: $300/semester or $70/month due first class of the semester/month for 9 months. Late fee additional $5 per week. Materials fee is $60 and includes 2 texts.

Minimum enrollment: 8

Grades 9-12

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