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By Len Kiese - bio | email

November 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The school of hard knocks is making school a little more interesting for some Albany students. The rough economy is giving economics students more to learn about and discuss in the classroom these days. Professors say these times will also have an impact on what future students study.  

From interest rates to unemployment, economics may have never been so interesting in the classroom. "You know it has actually re-invigorated me," said Professor Aaron Johnson.

While Darton Economics Professor Aaron Johnson explains all the Y equals C plus I's and G's, student Flora Jones never thought economics would have so much of her attention.

"No I didn't. I took economics before but I dropped it," said Jones.

So many things happening on the national economic front have Jones and other students gaining interest. "The stock market, my finances, how to invest, how to save," said Jones.

"Economic growth, productivity," said Johnson.

The list goes on and on.  Topics include the bailout plan, stocks, gas prices and businesses going bankrupt or closing. Students are paying attention. "Everyone is sharing their points of view as far as what's going on with the economy," said Jones.

"You think about our nation's debt. That's going to impact them more than it will people who are retired," said Johnson.

Professor Johnson has been teaching for five years and foresees the curriculum changing with the changing role of government and the economy. "I can really see textbooks changing in the future," said Johnson.

With certain numbers on the constant rise and decline, he'll have to wipe the board clean every now and then.  But he now has more attention from students like Jones. "It's very interesting. It has really made an impact on my view as far as the economy is concerned," said Jones.

After all, the lessons transcend the classroom. "Right," said Jones, "real-life situations. Each day brings a new chapter in economics.

Professor Johnson says the current economic times may also lead more students to become Professors of Economics or economists but he hopes these lessons also invigorate them to get more involved civically.

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