I had my last real economics class last Monday. (This upcoming Monday doesn’t count since that’s the exam.) I honestly can’t say I’ll miss the class, which is paradoxical. After all, I liked the teacher and absolutely loved the material. I learned a lot and I am more informed when I read the business section of the newspaper.
What I didn’t like about the class were two things. First off, the textbook was absolutely dreadful. It was so bad that I’m not even going to link to it on Amazon. (For those curious, we used Krugman’s Economics in Modules.) Most of the time, I ended up reading other sources. I even downloaded a few free textbooks (legally, of course) that were a lot more useful than the dreadful tome we used. Luckily, I only paid thirteen dollars for my copy (thank goodness for Amazon marketplace!), so that makes me feel a bit better.
The other aspect of the class that bothered me were the people. We did not cover nearly as much material as planned – I would estimate that we shaved off about one-third of the material because people could not keep up. I’ve said this before: I don’t mind it when people ask questions. What is annoying is when one person monopolizes an entire thirty minutes of class time talking about a basic algebra issue. This person was the worst combination: she was both outspoken and stupid, which made for some frustrating questions asked.
This isn’t the last economics class I’ll take. In fact, I know that this fall, I will be enrolled in an intensive macroeconomics and microeconomics course. I hope my experience will be better than my recent one.
And I sincerely hope that we will not use any textbooks written by Paul Krugman.