Dr. George C. Leef--born Feb. 4, 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. B.A. from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1973. J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1977. Worked for Milliken & Co. 1977-1979. Taught economics, law, logic and philosophy at Northwood University 1980-1989 with rank of assistant professor. Labor Law Policy Advisor to Michigan Senate Programs & Policies Staff, 1989-1990. Legislative Aide to Michigan State Senator David Honigman, 1991-1996. Adjunct Scholar with Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 1988 to present. Former President of Patrick Henry Associates; Liberty consultants, East Lansing, Michigan. Currently, vice president of the Pope Center for the Study of Higher Education in North Carolina.
He is author of a forthcoming book entitled Labor Law Versus Liberty; he is also the book review editor for The Freeman and has written essays for The Wall Street Journal, the Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit News. He also lecturs and debates frequently on a variety of topics involving the economic and moral virtues of freedom and the harms of statism.
Candidate for U.S. Congress in 1984 on Libertarian Party ticket.
By Dr. George C. Leef
This review of 16 of the most commonly used economics textbooks in Michigan high schools uses 12 criteria-including issues of trade, taxation, and the role of government-to evaluate which texts are and are not effective at presenting students with a balanced and accurate perspective on the modern market economy. Each text is graded, from A to F, on its ability to clearly instruct students in the "economic way of thinking."
An abridged 27-page written copy of the report may be ordered normally, or the full reviews of each textbook may be downloaded at no charge via www.mackinac.org. … more