Pluralistic Teaching of Economics
PEPS-Économie (For a Pluralistic Teaching of Economics in Higher Education) is a group of students in Economics who were unsatisfied with the teaching they were exposed to. They deem that their education is too far from the real world, and insufficiently pluralistic in terms of schools of thought, methodologies and towards other social sciences. The PEPS-Économie initiative was created in 2010 to ask for a change in the way economics is taught on the basis of these three pluralisms.
It is not only the world economy that is in crisis. The teaching of economics is in crisis too, and this crisis has consequences far beyond the university walls. What is taught shapes the minds of the next generation of policymakers, and therefore shapes the societies we live in. We, over 65 associations of economics students from over 30 different countries, believe it is time to reconsider the way economics is taught. We are dissatisfied with the dramatic narrowing of the curriculum that has taken place over the last couple of decades. This lack of intellectual diversity does not only restrain education and research. It limits our ability to contend with the multidimensional challenges of the 21st century – from financial stability, to food security and climate change. The real world should be brought back into the classroom, as well as debate and a pluralism of theories and methods. Such change will help renew the discipline and ultimately create a space in which solutions to society’s problems can be generated.