We want to hear from you
We recently launched a teachers survey. We hope to get feedback from teachers across Canada to help us create new online resources about the economy.
Not just for economics teachers
The economy is everywhere—in our history, our society and our culture. So why shouldn’t economic education be present in all subjects and grades? We believe it should be.
We want to help all teachers—no matter what you teach—to build the fundamentals of economic literacy among your students from the ground up.
Building economic literacy
These days, it’s hard to open a paper or watch a newscast without encountering a story about financial literacy. That’s a wonderful development: it’s important that people of all ages have the skills and knowledge to make good financial choices.
At the Museum, we feel the same is true for economic literacy.
Economic literacy is different from financial literacy. It’s about understanding how the economy as a whole works and being able to use this knowledge to make good decisions as informed, active citizens. Becoming economically literate is a critical step toward understanding the world and how it operates.
When the Bank of Canada Museum reopened in 2017, we focused on providing a great visitor experience. We consulted with local teachers and developed, piloted and launched two school programs for local students: Inflation Busters and Trading Planets.
We need your input
It’s two years and counting since we opened our doors to the public, and we are ready to take the next step in fulfilling what we consider to be our national mandate. We are ready to reach out to the rest of Canada.
To do that effectively, though, we need to work hard at understanding what you, the teacher, would find helpful:
- Where do you get teaching resources?
- What technologies do you have access to in your classroom?
- What subjects do you want to teach about?
- What’s important to you and your students?
You will find these and other questions in our teachers survey. If you participate, your answers will provide us with invaluable help as we strive to make the Museum’s resources and lesson plans relevant and available to you no matter what you teach or where you live.
So please complete our survey and help us set the direction for our next adventure in economic literacy. We can’t do it without you!
*Note: The survey will be open until November 3rd, 2019.
Used extensively in the 19th century, this type of hand-operated press printed secure financial documents using the intaglio method.
How on earth did an “S” with a line or two through it come to represent a dollar? Any ideas? No? That’s OK, you’re in good company.
In 1977, the Royal Canadian Mint wanted to reduce the size of the penny in response to the rising price of copper. Little did the Mint know that the Toronto Transit Commission’s reaction would force the cancellation of the program.
The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
The life expectancy of a two-dollar paper note was about a year. But coins can last for more than 10 years.
Successfully counterfeiting a bank note in the mid-19th century required an engraver with reasonably high talent and very low ethics.