A strong knowledge of sound economic principles is not only important in the
twenty-first century global marketplace, it is essential for the maintenance of a free
society. Are Michigan high school students being taught what they need to know in order to
succeed and prosper?
This review of 16 of the most commonly used economics textbooks in Michigan high
schools uses 12 criteria-including issues of trade, taxation, and the role of
government-to evaluate which texts are and are not effective at presenting students with a
balanced and accurate perspective on the modern market economy. Each text is graded, from
A to F, on its ability to clearly instruct students in the "economic way of
An abridged 27-page written copy of the report may be ordered normally, or the full
reviews of each textbook may be downloaded at no charge via www.mackinac.org.