Market Power

Musings by an academic economist on the power of markets and the power over markets.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Teach In

Where did the term "teach in" come from? Did this come from the same sort of source that the term "sanitation engineer" come from - i.e. some person trying to disguise the true value of stuff. How much teaching actually goes on at these things?

Some faculty and students at Minnesota State had a teach in regarding the "Social Security Myth." Here is the opening paragraph from the local paper's story (subscription required):

It was admittedly one-sided. But for the people who put on Monday's Social
Security teach-in at Minnesota State University, it was seen as a chance to have
their say in a debate they think already has been a one-sided affair.

Translation: we didn't invite an opposite viewpoint because we didn't want to.