Social Studies - A Market in Wheat and American Government Speakers
Social Studies - A Market in Wheat and American Government Speakers

By Dan Cappleman

Seniors in Mr. Cappleman’s Government & Economics class were commodity brokers for a day as they participated in a simulation called A Market in Wheat.  Each class was randomly divided into buyers and sellers and sent to the “trading floor” to compete for wheat orders. The “brokers” worked fast and furiously to negotiate prices and achieve maximum profit. Along the way, students reinforced their knowledge of the impact on equilibrium prices of changes in supply and demand. The simulation was part of the students’ fall economics unit on financial markets, saving and investment. Students learned that markets of many types are institutional arrangements allowing buyers and sellers to trade goods and services.

As part of their curriculum in American Government, the senior class spent an early morning hour on six separate days in late September with candidates for City Council and the City Clerk. After brief opening remarks, each speaker took 40 minutes of excellent questions from the students at each session regarding the candidate’s position on issues and their experience. The City Clerk provided interesting, detailed information about how city elections are conducted. Students learned firsthand about our democratic process, and used the experience to make informed decisions on Oct. 6 when the senior class held a mock election, overwhelmingly electing Israel Chavez to Council District 4. The District 6 race was as close as they come, with Hess Yntema edging Patrick Davis by just one vote.

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