Scott Niederjohn is the co-author of a paper, and now Washington Times op-ed, that offers suggestions on how to improve race lessons for the classroom.

America’s overarching story is one of hope, so how can teachers echo that tone within their own instruction?

Concordia’s Scott Niederjohn co-authored a paper that was recently published by The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. In it, the authors suggest that combining the economic way of thinking with invisible-hand stories can illustrate how the operation of largely free markets promotes positive, even if unintended, social outcomes. While Critical Race Theory demands a “ruthless” examination of American history, there are examples that exist that can provide a much more hopeful, and less polarizing, message about markets and race.

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Dr. Scott Niederjohn is Professor of Economics and Director of the Free Enterprise Center (CFEC) at Concordia University Wisconsin. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. CFEC promotes the ideals of a free and virtuous society, which ultimately unleashes the nearly unlimited creative potential of the human spirit while producing remarkable levels of economic and human flourishing.