My best and worst IT lessons #7: What's the interest rate?

When I first started teaching, I taught Economics.
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When I first started teaching, I taught Economics. In one of my 'A' Level classes -- the 'A' or 'Advanced' Level is the exam taken at 18 and is one of the keys to university entrance -- I said to the students that they could ask me anything they liked, and I would answer it.

A kind of transcript of part of my lesson

Here's what happened.

Student A: What's the rate of interest at the moment?

Me: Don't know.

Student B: How many people are unemployed in the UK?

Me: Don't know.

Student C: What's the trade deficit?

Me: Don't know.

Student D: You don't know much, do you?

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Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."