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.
Most of us know the first part of Alexander Graham Bell’s take on opportunity: “When one door closes, another one opens…” What we often don’t recall is the second half of that quote, where he says: “…but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
It was farewell to the Currency Museum as we know it this past Canada Day. Our annual 1 July event was circus-themed this year, featuring children’s games, clowns, balloon sculptures and ice cream.
Summertime: a time to relax and, for most of us, to travel. Years ago, advertisers used to tell us how easy it was to travel: you only needed your bikini, your toothbrush and, naturally, a good travel agency to set you up anywhere in the world. That might still be true for people but for travelling exhibitions the packing process is a bit more involved.
The Staff of the Currency Museum was saddened to learn of the passing of artist Alex Colville who died on 16 July at his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He was 92. One of Canada’s most celebrated painters, Colville is not as well-known as a sculptor but if you look carefully through your pocket change you might just find an example of his work.
The roots of the Currency Museum go back to 1959 when the then Governor of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, proposed the idea of establishing a currency collection that would reflect the colourful monetary history of Canada. By the time the go-ahead was given in 1963 by Coyne’s successor, Louis Rasminsky, the collection’s mandate had been expanded to include world monetary history, banking and production artifacts and a numismatic library.