As we move into 2017, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.
For those who may not have heard, the current syllabus has been extended to 9 years, so students starting the diploma programme both this coming academic year (August 2017 – exams May 2019) AND the subsequent two years (August 2018 – exams May 2020 and August 2019 – exams May 2021) will be taking the current course for which the book was written.
Personally I have hit upon a very good combination of books that my own students have found very useful. For day-to-day work I use my own workbook and online lessons. However, to support mastery of the material I have been ordering Ellie Tragakes’ study guide, I.B. Economics in a Nutshell, for my students as well. The books have very different styles and this, I think, is why they work so well together. While my own book helps develop an understanding of principles, which is essential as a first step, Ellie’s book is wonderful at listing and ordering the course material in a way that is comprehensive yet concise. Happily, the the two books together cost about the same amount as a single textbook from one of the big publishers.
Lastly, if you would like to read my most current articles, Monetary Pollution and Hypernormalisation, please go to the articles page here.
As we move into a new school year, I would like to invite schools which have not already purchased class sets of Workbook for the New I.B. Economics, 2nd Edition, Exercises to consider purchasing inspection sets of one copy along with one teachers’ guide.
Up to this point, teachers’ guides have only been sold along with class sets of the book, but after taking inventory this past month, I am confident that I have enough teachers’ guides to consider offering them to schools interested in using the book as a teacher resource.
For North American schools, I am happy to send the books myself, while for international orders I would ask that you place your orders with Richard Heath’s IB Bookshop in the U.K.
Thank you and all the best for a rewarding academic year.
P.S. – Please feel free to have a look at my recent articles entitled School Closures and The Tragic Consequences of Success here.
…thank you for coming by for a visit. Please feel free to have a look around the site. Information related to the 2nd edition of the book is found on the page listed above entitled “The Second Edition.”
The first edition of the book (published in April, 2011) was also written for the current syllabus and might be more appropriate for schools where students do not have laptops or tablets with which to access the online lessons that support the second edition exercise book.
One last thing that I did not put on the postcard which I would like to make people aware of is the possibility of ordering the book through International Schools Services (I.S.S.). I have found both I.S.S. and Richard Heath’s IB Bookshop to be excellent distributors and I would encourage schools to use their services. Of course, it is also possible to order books directly by emailing me at bryceATbrycemcbride.com.
Thank you again for visiting, and please accept my best wishes as you prepare your students for their exams in May.
Wow! As the current syllabus came into force in August 2011, we are now almost five-sevenths of the way through (as the new syllabus will start being taught in August 2018, just over two and a half years from now).
Having totted up my yearly sales figures and imputed my inventory, I am pleased to announce that I am in good shape to keep customers in books for the next couple of years as I have about 800 copies of each of the first and second edition books on hand.
One thing that has pleased me this year has been a revival in sales of the first edition book. Many students find a book where the lessons are printed right beside the exercises to be easier to use, which is something I will keep in mind when I update the book for 2018.
Anyway, thank you for your support in 2015 and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling new year.
I hope you all have a well-deserved break and enjoy some fine summer weather. Schools interested in ordering copies of the book for the next academic year starting in January are asked to let me know by late December to ensure timely delivery.
I would like to here also remind people that Workbook for the New I.B. Economics, 2nd Edition, is available from Pronin IB in Australia and from Richard Heath’s IB Bookshop in the UK. If you are, as a school, ordering other books from these vendors it is an easy thing to add some copies of this book to your order.
Finally, if you are interested in some seasonal economics writing, I bring to your attention the following article which ran on the mises.ca website on October 30th and in the Pembroke Daily Observer on October 31st:
Trick and Treat
…and our thoughts return, perhaps reluctantly, to the school year ahead, I would like to ask that if you have not yet ordered books for September that you do so soon as I would like to send out final orders in the next week or ten days.
I would also like to direct your attention to a couple of articles which were published over the last couple of months. Below please find the links to them on the Mises Canada website:
All the best for a great start to the new year.
As we wind down the clock towards the May exams, I would like to wish you and your students all the best. I have to say, though, that I miss the old exam structure, especially the data response paper that covered the entire syllabus. Ah well…
You may notice that I have finally changed my banner background to reflect my current location. I moved to Abu Dhabi last August and am happy to be back in the Gulf after three years in Canada.
However, while I have moved to the U.A.E. I am still writing articles for my local paper in Canada, the Pembroke Daily Observer. My most recent article, entitled “Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation” which looks at the COMER lawsuit against the Bank of Canada and the recent troubles in Ukraine, can be viewed here: http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2015/04/27/usury-once-in-control-will-wreck-any-nation
If you are like me, you are in the thick of revision with your IB2 students preparing them for their exams in May. If you are using the book, I encourage you to direct your students to download the solutions to the Paper 3-style questions using the link at the top of the page of selected solutions near the end of the book.
If you are planning on ordering books for next year, feel free to send me an email listing the number of books you require, the address to which you would like them sent and your preference as to method of payment. As I would like to send my overseas orders in July, I would appreciate receiving orders before that time. Again, if you prefer, you may also order the book through a number of distributors, most notably Richard Heath’s I.B. Bookshop in the U.K. and Amazon.com in the U.S.
Lastly, I would like to share my latest article, entitled “Time For Some Mattress Padding” which was written for publication in the Pembroke Daily Observer and then picked up by the Mises Canada website and from there, much to my delight, by Zerohedge.
All the best as you move your students towards success in their exams.
As we move into 2015, I would like to share my latest article, published the week before Christmas, entitled Hold the Frankincense and Myrrh.
Hold the Frankincense and Myrrh
As well, I would like to draw your attention to some additional material that I have shared on the website. The I.B.-style questions (and some sample answers) can be found at the top of the “Answering I.B.-style Questions” page while non I.B.-style quizzes and exercises can be found at the top of the “Additional Exercises” page.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who ordered books this past year. In 2014 almost 1100 copies of the book were distributed worldwide. Your support is appreciated.
As we roll into December, I would like to wish everyone a pleasant end of term. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope the recent exams came off well for you and your students. If you are planning on ordering books for January, please be sure to get your order to me by the middle of December to ensure their timely delivery.
Before I go, I would like to share this re-imagined graphic of a Phillips Machine (the original schematic can be found on the front cover of the first edition and inside the front cover of the second edition) by the artist WilliamBanzai7. Again, happy holidays and all the best for 2015.