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April 24, 2008

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Gerry

This might be related.

Phil

Very interesting, indeed. Teachers, preachers, pundits, poets and think tank thinkers may shape how much, to whom, and how we give.

JJ Commoner

decent but incomplete article:

It turns out that exposure to economics makes a big difference in how students split the pie, in terms of both efficiency and outright selfishness. Students assigned to classes taught by economists were more likely to give a lot when it was cheap to do so. But they were also much more likely to take the whole pie for themselves.

These findings hint at the influence that powerful ideas may have in shaping how we see the world, even late in life. It's also a sobering message for teachers such as myself. The students in my classroom will venture forth into the world of business and management, carrying with them some of the viewpoints and attitudes that I choose to emphasize in my lectures. Students learn much more than the facts; what we choose to communicate to them is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

After starting otu with some allusion to cultural values and learning between two different countries, it never circled back atthe end to why the Finns have "learned" differently.

Personally, I don't think it's just the Finns ... there are also the the Swedes, the Norwegians, the Danish, the Dutch, the Germans, the Baltics, the French (let's leave the Italians aside for the moment) whom I think view the interaction between economics and "real life" from a different vantage point.

More Americans should spend more time in places like northern and eastern Europe and Latin and South America (as long as they're not CIA). There might be some learning, after the initial unlearning (which might be kinda tough).

Just an opinion.

Phil

You could lead the tours? Take some parents too? I would enjoy having you as a guide.

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