Critical Response

This book grew out of a book published in 2011 entitled Workbook for the New I.B. Economics that is now in its second edition after having sold almost 6000 copies worldwide. The feedback from teachers using the book was put to good use when writing Economics for Canadians.

More formally, though, the book was reviewed twice, once by Curriculum Services Canada with the aim of getting the book placed on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Trillium List, and once by Emond MontgomeryPublications (EMP) as part of ongoing discussions aimed at bringing the book to a wider community college audience.

While the Curriculum Services Canada evaluation is the property of the Ontario Ministry of Education and is confidential (despite my having had to pay for it – but that is another story), I am permitted to share the letter that accompanied the evaluation here:

Non-Approval Letter – Croecko Publishing Economics for Canadians

While the book was judged to be “of excellent quality, overall” it was nonetheless not approved for reasons of bias and sensitivity. The entire list of allegedly biased and insensitive material is reproduced on the page on this website entitled “Errors and Corrections” so that you may judge for yourself whether the book would be suitable for use with your students or, having already chosen to use the book, you may teach the course in such a way as to compensate for the material judged to be biased and insensitive. I believe once you have seen the list you will decide that the objections raised are, for the most part, specious and based on a very superficial reading of the material.

The review commissioned by Emond Montgomery was quite thorough and many of the suggestions made by the reviewer will lead to improvements to the second edition of the book. The following 2 comments from the review I feel provide a succinct summary:

The book would be excellent for individual study. It is well organized and well written. The author’s enthusiasm for the subject comes through the text.

I think this book might be very much liked by a teacher who has little to no experience in teaching the course as it seems to lay out a day-by-day plan of teaching material. Similarly, it might be well liked by a teacher who does not have background or qualifications in economics.

This last comment pleases me as in many schools economics is taught by a teacher in the social studies department who may not have a strong background in the subject. Hopefully the book can make their (and their students’) classes go more smoothly.

Lastly, I have had very good feedback from teachers who have seen (and who have subsequently gone on to order) the book, most notably from Arturo de Marchi at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Scarborough who on June 17th, 2013 wrote:

Hi Bryce,

I was looking over your publication.  I am interested.  I was wondering how much a copy would cost.  I might be purchasing a set if I can afford it.  A colleague of mine, Bill Velos, lent me a copy to review.  I was impressed. Very straight forward for the students.  Been teaching Eco for 15 years and the best one I have seen.

Arturo De Marchi
Head of History
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute

Of course, the best way to get a sense of the book is to have a look at a copy yourself. After having distributed almost 200 inspection copies to teachers at last year’s OBEA, OHASSTA and BCSSTA conferences, there is probably an inspection copy of the book with someone in your school board. If you would like to know where to have a look at a copy, write to me and if there are no books available in your board I would be happy to send you an inspection copy via the post for $25.

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