In October 2011, with support from BB&T, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in the University of South Florida College of Education established the BB&T Academy of Free Enterprise Education. The program provides workshops, seminars, speakers, and other appropriate professional development activities on the moral foundations of capitalism for K-12 educators from a wide variety of subject areas.
Each year, a select group of K-12 educators receive stipends to study the moral foundations of capitalism and then develop corresponding classroom lessons and resources compatible with their curriculums.
Past workshops and seminars include:
- The Economics of Regulation
- Dystopian Literature in the Classroom: Lessons in Ownership, Choice, and Opportunity
- Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
- Christmas Classics: The 12 Economic Lessons of Christmas
- The Epic Economics of the Iliad and the Odyssey
- Disneynomics II : Teaching Economics with Disney Stories
- The Economics and Literature of the Progressive Era: The Jungle, Babbit, and The Great Gatsby
- The Debate on Individual Freedom: The Roots and Ratification of the Constitution
- The Economics of Westerns: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Circus Economics: Barnum, Business, and the Big Top and many, many more
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