Robert Courteau

Ottawa, Canada

About Robert

Bio

"Professional Student" - I love to keep fuelling my brain.

Languages

English, French, German

Areas of Expertise

Economics and Government

An idea worth spreading

Economists need to start thinking outside the box. From Day 1 of economics education you are taught 'Basic Principles" - many of these principals are outdated or just flat out wrong. As you go on through your education, the models and theories build on each other forming what we have today (Neoclassical Economics). Unfortunately, the "pillars" or principles that these models are based on do not work, and furthermore, the models designed have a surprising number of holes in themselves. Outspoken economists are only now beginning to argue the current system, but are being hushed because of Economics Principle #1 - People do not understand economics, and if you scare them, the entire system will crash. Sounds like a good reason to stay with the status quo? All that has occurred is 60 years of one economic system, with no opposition, and a handful of worsening recessions. My idea: economics must be taught from a young age, and economists need to stop 'building' and start thinking.

Talk to me about

Anything and everything. If at least one of us learns something, it will be a great day for us both.

Comments & conversations

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Robert Courteau
Posted over 3 years ago
Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem?
I believe parents should be educating the young. Specially in United States and Canada, food has become 'fuel'... whereas in the majority of the world, food remains a centrepoint for social gatherings. A healthy social country should continue to eat family meals together (with no television), should have their friends over to eat, etc. By respecting food, and understanding that hard work is involved in all its production, food will no longer be considered fuel. Fast food would decline because fast food rarely 'respects food'. Many parents believe that the education of their children is the duty of the education system, but since animals or humans have been on Earth it has always been the responsibility of the parents. Parents want to see their children grow, want them to have more than the others, want to see them survive and be happy. Education is the fundamental need for all these factors, and yet it is left to a stranger who may or may not be following a mandate written by more strangers in, very likely, another part of the Province (in Canada's sake). Does this make much sense? Sure, math can be taught by someone who knows math, but we cannot have a teacher for every aspect of life. It is rare to see parents just sitting around doing their taxes with their kids, but how often to they sit and eat with their kids? Wouldn't that be a great opportunity to talk about healthy eating?
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Robert Courteau
Posted over 3 years ago
Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem?
I've heard this link between poor diet and poverty and I think it's an indirect correlation. I think poor diet, as well as poverty, are correlated to being uneducated. So they only seem like they are directly connected. Evidence does show that eating healthy is actually cheaper than eating a poor diet, but when was the last time you saw a commercial for carrots and how amazing they looked, and that wonderful combo with the milk and broccoli? For ONLY 5.99?? The problem is that uneducated people tend to believe eating at McDonalds is cheaper, and all they can afford. A lot of people say 'they don't have time to cook' - even though I can give you thousands of recipes that don't take more than 5minutes. But they don't know about those recipes, because they remain uneducated to them. My comments to the specific question is posted separately - but my answer still remains "the parents"