Ethics and Economics

What happens when ethics and economics meet?
Some say they don't. They can't. They won't. But they do.

By focusing on the intersection of government and business, students will get some answers. They will...
  • Look at the business and government connection
  • Consider the "trade-offs"
  • Resolve ethical dilemmas related to economics
  • Engage with business and government leaders
  • Create public policy
Students will grasp the complexities of public policy as they interact with professionals and practice teamwork. They will emerge with an understanding of the complexities of policy formation.

About the Program

The Ethics & Economics Summer Program invites rising 9–12 grade students to engage in thinking about the intersection of the economy, business, and government through an ethical lens.

As a human race, what should everyone be entitled do? What trade-offs are required?

What is money? 

Should our economy have more or less government control?

This one-week intensive program will explore big economic and ethical questions with industry professionals, case questions, discussions with trained ethicists, and a field trip to Wall Street.

2021 Facilitators

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  • Dr. Karen Rezach

    Karen Rezach joined the Kent Place community in 2000, and is the Director of The Ethics Institute. She has a master’s in divinity from Yale University, an EdD from Seton Hall University and is an ordained Episcopal priest. Her doctoral research, “Spiritual Leadership as a Model of Effective Leadership in Independent School,” explores the ways in which educators can bring values and moral awareness in non-religious ways into a variety of school settings. Dr. Rezach has over 20 years of experience as an independent school administrator, including director of the middle school at Kent Place and assistant head of school at St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, NJ. She has been teaching and facilitating workshops on ethics for more than a decade.
  • Ms. Alicia Rodriguez

    Alicia Rodriguez joined Kent Place in 2017 after a 12-year career at Summit High School. During her tenure, Ms. Rodriguez acted as a team leader, yearbook advisor, and in 2016, earned the distinction of teacher of the year. She holds a degree in secondary education mathematics from Delaware Valley University and a masters degree in educational technology from Ramapo University. Ms. Rodriguez is thrilled to be a part of the Kent Place community and teaches Middle and Upper School math.
  • Ms. Elaine Schwartz

    Elaine Schwartz, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, joined the KPS faculty in 1971. She has taught history and economics, chaired the history department, written economics books and articles and developed curricula. Among her books are Understanding Our American Economy (Addison Wesley and a digital version) and Econ 101 ½ (Harper Perennial). She also created a website called econlife.com, which annually attracts thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries. Her website is a teacher/student collaboration dedicated to making economics interesting.

Program Details

DATES: Forthcoming

TIME: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Kent Place School campus

WHO: The program is open to rising 9–12 grade students, both KPS and non-KPS students. This program is co-ed and capped at 20 participants.

COST: Forthcoming
Scholarships and financial aid are available
10% discount for KPS Faculty & Staff children

Participants who enroll are asked to commit to the full program.
For more information about our Ethics Institute programs or if you have questions about the registration process, please do not hesitate to reach out at ethics@kentplace.org.
42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901   |   (908) 273-0900
The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind institute at the primary and secondary school level. We believe that promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and decision-making prepares people of all ages to be effective leaders and compassionate citizens.