I am enjoying engaging in dialogue and it is reassuring to know that there are like-minded individuals interested in reforming and reconceptualizing economics and economics education. No one individual can tackle this alone. I strongly feel that what is much needed is a systematic effort by all of us to write and publish economics textbooks from a pluralist, heterodox point of view that enlarges the vision of students and educates rather than proseyltizes.
Here is an excert from my foreword in a recent issue of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education,
“Probably the most damming criticism of neoclassical economic education is the publication of the book The Economics Anti-Textbook – A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Microeconomics (Rod Hill and Tony Myatt, 2010). The book’s title acutely underscores the problem: students need a book – an anti-text – not as a helpful guide in learning complex material but to unlearn what is written in their texts, so that they “can begin to think critically about what they read in their textbooks, to defend themselves against the unconscious acceptance of ideology” [Hill and Myatt, (2010), p.2]. Their objective is “not so much to claim that this ideology is wrong, but simply to point out that it exists, and that there are always alternative views that one ought to consider” [Hill and Myatt, (2010), p.1].
What does such a book say about economics? I do not know of any other field where such a book is written!