Teaching Philosophy

The liberal arts is, in a word, liberating. Economics is one part of a well-rounded, liberal arts education. I approach teaching as a way to introduce economic ideas to my students and to give them the tools necessary to critically think through these ideas. I do not subscribe to the "piggy bank" method of teaching. I do not believe in simply filling up my students' brains with facts and jargon.

 

Instead, I believe my students already possess the ability to learn such ideas. My role is to present various economic ideas in engaging, clear ways so as to prepare them to participate in real-world conversations about economics. I know each student has a unique perspective to offer in economics, and my courses help them find their voices and use critical thinking skills to participate in these broader conversations.

Courses Taught

  • “Economies in Transition,” ECON 380. (Summer 2020). Teaching assistant to Dr. Peter J. Boettke.  

© 2021 by Rachael K. Behr

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