Teaching Free Enterprise


The O’Neil Center developed the Teaching Free Enterprise program to help Texas school teachers develop the knowledge and expertise they need to meet the Texas Economics TEKS regarding Free Enterprise in classroom instruction. Top professors and researchers from Southern Methodist University, TexasTech and the UT System, are providing lessons, activities and exercises that can be readily implemented in the classroom.

This program presents modules that address some of the most important yet often misunderstood aspects of free-enterprise economies:

  • The connection between progress and the demise of jobs, companies and industries.
  • The institutional setup that creates conditions for success in free enterprise economies.
  • How free enterprise raises living standards over time.
  • How voluntary exchange adds to value by making both buyers and sellers better off.


Teaching Free Enterprise in Texas offers educators: 

  • A fast-paced, informative program that earns CPE hours for educators. (Approved TEA Center)
  • Classroom-ready instruction by leading professors from Texan Universities, with a focus on real-world issues.
  • Lesson plans that fulfill the state’s standards (TEKS) to teach free enterprise and its benefits.
  • On-line access to instructional materials you can use to deliver the lessons to students.
  • Comfortable, modern venues, breakfast and lunch included.
  • At no cost to teachers, school districts or ESCs.