Bedales students debate capitalism

By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics

Bedales School - Ha-Joon Chang

Last Sunday, five 6.1 economists attended a “stretch and challenge‟ economics symposium joining students from Downe House and hosts Winchester College to work and collaborate on a range of economic problems.

The day involved a “Blue Peter‟ style international trade activity. Over the weeks running up to the event, the students had read sections of Ha-Joon Chang‘s 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, preparing a synopsis and then, preparing some arguments against Chang’s thesis.

These arguments were then shared with the group, with each student contributing a five minute presentation. The group then walked around Winchester examining competition in the coffee shop market. Read more.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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