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The Paradox of Progress

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 11:30
Grade Level: 6-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

Out with the old and in with the new!

The automobile killed the horse and buggy. The airplane signaled the demise of passenger railroads. The invention of the typewriter created millions of jobs, but when the personal computer came along, those jobs were gone.

The Paradox of Progress shows this process of "creative destruction" through the story of the revolutionary system of package delivery pioneered by FedEx.

Should the government allow new businesses to force old ones out? Watch and decide for yourself.

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


Science & Technology


Creative Destruction


Free Markets






Many ideas/situations from the video have become examples in discussions of economic principals since our class viewed this video.

Laura Barnes
Marietta, GA

This video produced some of the best student discussion sessions i have ever conducted. the group split about 60% for creative destruction and 40% against. good job, izzit!

Nancy Weaver
Skidmore, TX

These videos are great, they always instigate discussion, I have not yet used the guide that goes along with it because each time i show the video i get at least 20 minutes of solid discussion and debate on the topic. These videos can be used in so many classroom settings, thank you so much!!

Norman Allen
W Valley City, UT

This was an outstanding video and I showed in it Algebra 1 and Standards Algebra to show students the need for percision and exact calcuations (FedEx time tables)...time is money and new products continue to re-invigorate the economy.

Debra Gliozzi
Danville, CA

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