Re: Ideas Futures as a teaching aid

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 04 Jun 1997 12:51:08 -0400

David McFadzean wrote:
> Cool!
> >From: "Karl B. Gittelman" <>
> >Reply-To:
> >Organization: Amrand Inc.
> >To:
> >Subject: Ideas Futures as a teaching aid
> >
> >For several years I have taught the fundamentals of both the futures
> >market and the options market and have spent some time attempting to
> >make these kids become "futurists" with mixed success. Your game did a
> >better job of accomplishing these tasks than I ever could. It is a
> >wonderful teaching tool. Our game was written up in our school
> >newsletter and created a lot of interest with parents and teachers
> >alike.
> >
> >

SOunds like we have an effective meme breeding device in this game.
Based on this experience, I would suggest that the game be promoted
nationally among teaching and home schooling groups for use in high
school social studies and economics courses. I remember playing a
similar game, although it was past oriented. My social studies teacher
in 8th grade was covering the 1920's at that point and created a stock
investment game. Unfortunately, the game was rigged to crash, which was
the object of it, to demonstrate the effects of the 1929 crash, but I
noticed that it tended to ingrain an anti-capital meme in the students.

			Michael Lorrey
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