They heard and discussed talks from professors and entrepreneurs on topics such as â€œCooperation, Compassion, and Heart,â€ â€œThe Economics of Politics,â€ and â€œThe Role of the Entrepreneur,â€ as well as three talks by their own teacher, Mr. Rottman, who challenged students about the ethics of free markets.
So, what did Providence students make of their excursion?
Georgiaâ€™s 93 degree heat and high humidity was a bit shocking, as the students admitted they were â€œtoo used to perfect weather,â€ though they did like seeing the legions of tame deer roaming the 27,000-acre campus.
Arriving at Berry: Mariano, Trevor, Josh, Pedro, Jake, and Mr. Rottman
Most importantly, students thought the program, which focused on the economics and virtues of entrepreneurial business, was an amazing experience: they loved the variety in presentations, the discussion times, and their Shark Tank activity. Katie Gerawanâ€™s group came up with with a time share in Cuba supporting local entrepreneurial kiosks, and Emily Petersonâ€™s group came up with GPS trackers for toddlers (though presumably not for teenagers). Isabelle Marchandâ€™s groupâ€™s proposal to make baking a lot more user-friendly won second place. Students also were impressed by the intelligence and seriousness of the over 100 high school students attending the seminar.
Nine of the 10 Providence students attending the seminar are Libertas Scholars, who are required to attend a minimum of two such seminars during their four years at Providence. Libertas students are also reading and discussingThink Like a Freak this summer, which explores a variety of â€œnoneconomicâ€ issues (why do Nigerian e-mail scammers make it clear that they are from Nigeria?) using the tools of the economic way of thinking.
As Providence Libertas Scholars engage in seminars outside of our school, read widely instead of randomly under the direction of Providence faculty, and hone a humanities-based senior project over several years, students emerge as free people, grounded in the truths of the classics, and ready, as Christians, to think, speak, and write not only clearlyâ€”but wisely.