What's this episode all about?
A lot of schools today leave out economic and civic lessons that are vital to a child’s understanding of the world. Parents know that children need to be taught these ideals as they grow up, but the questions remain: How do I describe economics to a 7-year-old? Should my children and preteens care about the government? What resources are available to me so I can provide these topics to my children in an interesting and easy to understand way? Our guest on today’s episode is Connor Boyack, author of the best selling series The Tuttle Twins. Each book focuses on a different aspect of the principles of a free society: free markets, competition, individual rights, all condensed into core concepts that children can easily understand. Connor explains that a lot of parents and even those thinking about starting families want to provide this type of education to their children, but feel they either lack the time or knowledge to ensure these messages resonate with their kids. Through his stories, activity books, and even workshops, Connor shows that not only can parents teach their kids about these seemingly complex ideas, but actually create a foundation for their family and learn together.
Top 3 Things
- Why it is so important for parents to invest in their child’s understanding of principles like economics, the free market, and individual rights.
- How any parent can utilize resources like The Tuttle Twins to create a foundation of learning and understanding for these principles.
- How creating this foundation of discussion with your children enables them to learn critical thinking from an early age and engage in conversation about the things your child has read.
Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a free market think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded a number of successful policy reforms in areas such as education reform, civil liberties, government transparency, business deregulation, personal freedom, and more. Connor is also president of The Association for Teaching Kids Economics, a nationally focused nonprofit training teachers on basic economic principles so they are empowered and motivated to help their students learn more about the free market. A public speaker and author of over a dozen books, Connor is best known for The Tuttle Twins books, a children’s series introducing young readers to economic, political, and civic principles. Connor lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and two homeschooled children.