Economics and Government

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th and up

Live class: Tuesdays 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 27th-April 28th

Price: $549

Instructor: Nate Gilbert

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Note: Students can also choose to enroll in only economics or only government for one semester.

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Course Description

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Economics (First Semester)

The course introduces students to the world of economic thinking. Students will begin to define economic concepts, understand why economists choose to view the world through a particular lens, and analyze the economic interactions of the people and businesses they observe in society. A primary goal is for students to become familiar with foundational market concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, comparative advantages and inflation. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their economic understanding to personal decisions, businesses activities and government policies. The course focuses mainly on microeconomics, but will also touch on some macroeconomic ideas.

Course Structure

The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities. Students will be expected to contribute to class activities in the live classroom or through the class discussion board. Students will also have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. This course serves as a prerequisite to a future AP Microeconomics course.

Here is a preview of some of the weekly topics:

– Scarcity, Resources, Opportunity Cost, Cost/Benefit Analysis

– Supply and Demand Shifts, Elasticity, Types of Goods

– Diminishing Returns, Allocation of Scare Goods, Specialization

– Trade in Competitive Markets, Transaction Costs

– Understanding Economic Institutions (Banks, Corporations, Cooperatives, Labor unions), Rules of the Game

– The Role of Government in the Economy (Taxes, Externalities, Regulations)

– Nature and Causes of Money (Valuation, Historical Development, Inflation)

– Comparing Economic Systems (Market, Command, Traditional, Mixed)

– International Trade and Economic Growth

– Stocks and Investment Options (with simulation stock buying opportunity)

There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.

Who should enroll?

This class is designed for 8th-12th graders. The course is intended to fulfill the typical requirements for a half year high school level course.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Quizzes will be multiple choice and are graded instantly. Assignments vary in form, with most requiring short answer responses to assess the student’s understanding of the information presented. Students should respond in complete sentences and demonstrate supportive reasoning for their answers. I can be reached via e-mail for questions. I try to respond e-mails within 24 hours.


Parents are welcome to observe their child’s progress through the course. Questions from parents are also responded to in a timely fashion.

Government (Second Semester)

Why should a high school student study US government? First, everyone in The United States will be thrust into the position of voter at the age of 18. Second, the growth of our national government has meant that the federal government reaches into more and more of our everyday decisions. Third, there are a variety of issues emanating from Washington DC and the state capitals every day. In order to not be swayed by every passing fad, it is crucial that students understand why our political institutions exist. Lastly, an educated citizenry is necessary to carry on good public discourse and maintain our republic.

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the principles behind the United States’ government and political institutions and to enable the students to interact with various viewpoints. Students will understand the historical development of our current political situation, analyze the political process, and describe how various political groups function today. The goal is for students to become familiar with public policies, our Constitutional underpinnings, and political behavior in our society. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their understanding to evaluate how just and appropriate various political actions are. The course will include engaging group discussions in the weekly live session.

Some weekly course concepts include:

– What is legitimate government and how did the Founders envision it?

– What different types of federalism have been debated and utilized in American government?

– The three branches of national government (their functions, original design and current practices)

– Political parties and their role in American government

– How does policy making occur? What is the role of the bureaucracy?

– The Constitution and the limits it places on government activities

– How does the media shape perceptions?

– America’s role in the world (past and present)

Course Structure

Students will have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. Regular assignments may include watching a video online, reading an article, or completing worksheets. There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class. Every class is recorded and I post the recording for viewing after each class. Therefore, students can catch up if they happen to miss the live session.

This course will serve as a prerequisite to a possible future AP US Government and Politics course.

Who should enroll?

This course is designed to fulfill the typical requirements of a high school government course.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I can be reached via e-mail. I will try to respond to questions or comments within 24 hours.


Communication with parents will also occur in a timely manner. Parents are welcome to observe their child’s progress through the course in the Canvas system.

Required Texts

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, any edition (used or new), By Richard Maybury.

I will provide additional online links or electronic copies of texts/passages free of charge.

There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.


  1. Jessy Roberts

    I have really enjoyed this class. The teacher always makes or breaks the learning experience and you have made government and economics my favorite subjects. You are an amazing teacher and I was glad to be under your guidance.  

  2. Olivia

    Mr. Gilbert’s classes were great! He helps his students to understand what they are learning, not just memorize facts. The homework and quizzes he assigns help you to retain and continue to think about what was discussed in class. Mr. Gilbert is a friendly teacher, and I would recommend him to anyone who has an interest in government or economics.

  3. Nicole M. (verified owner)

    My daughter enjoyed Mr. Gilbert’s class because he was thorough in his explanations, fair in his grading, and loved that topics were debated. She learned a great deal and had fun while doing so. Mr. Gilbert was quick in his responses to questions and helpful when further explanation was needed.

  4. Eliyahu Masinter

    Mr. Gilbert’s classes were, without a doubt, the highlight of my year. I always looked forward to the live sessions and the work itself was always very interesting. I learned so much in so little amount of time. He always wrote comments on all of my work that told me exactly what I had to fix and what I did a great job on. I’m sorry the classes are over. Mr. Gilbert was the best teacher I ever had. I really recommend taking his classes.

  5. Tammie Martin

    My son took two of Mr. Gilbert’s classes —Intro to Government and Intro to Economics. He was challenged and grew as a student and thinker in both classes. The format and layout of these classes is excellent —students are required to do assignments that demonstrate mastery and application of the material taught. Mr. Gilbert also grades homework quickly, gives great feedback, and positively engages the students in class discussions. 5 stars!!

  6. Daphne Patch

    I didn’t know anything about economics and Mr. Gilbert taught the class very well and I learned a lot from him. He explains very thoroughly and gave many examples about the material being taught. He keeps the class engaged and makes it enjoyable to learn. I will be taking his government class this semester.

  7. Jocelyn

    I was very impressed with Mr. Gilbert! My 12 year old dd wrote a review “I really like this teacher because, he is very thorough and makes sure that you know the subject before you move on. He is very nice, and he explains the topic simply so you understand. He taught me this class even though I was the only one there. He is a good teacher and I believe that I will be taking some future classes with him.” If he offers more classes She will definitely attend!

  8. A.J.

    Mr. Gilbert is an enjoyable teacher to take classes with. He is calm, relaxed, and knowledgeable. He covers a good amount of content, and he asks lots of questions to keep the students involved and thoughtfully interacting with what they’re learning.

  9. Jon Adler

    Mr. Gilbert was one my favorite high school teachers. He had a great knowledge and love for what he taught. He challenged me to see and understand the larger picture beyond just memorizing facts.

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Instructor Bio

Nate Gilbert

Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history and English. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and purchasing for a manufacturing company. He now likes to utilize his passion for economics and government to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.

Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading, mostly philosophy and children’s stories, and being outside. As a family, the Gilberts enjoy gardening, hiking, and time together. They are involved in their local community and church fellowship.


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