Should schools make financial education a graduation requirement?

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Diana (not verified)

It is not necessarily a

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It is not necessarily a secondary education topic. We teach elementary students how to count money, make change, etc. but we need to teach then how to save and spend wisely. Schools that allow students to create small businesses and learn the ins and outs of the real world are definitely on the right track. In many urban areas, younger and younger children are finding themselves in positions of responsibility for other family members and if we are not helping to prepare them to deal with making wise purchases with what little funds they may have, we are cheating them and our society. In the end, financial responisbility and accountability falls on society as a whole. Classes could be open for families to learn together. We must all be aware our finances and learn to create multiple streams of income to make it in life today. Understanding how decisions we make today affects where we are tomorrow. My students were shocked when they learned what a home really cost and how much everything else truly cost. Planning for major purchases not just charging to get it all NOW must be taught. Instant gratification does not make for fiscal responsibility.
kathryn murdock (not verified)

An emphatic no- another learning

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An emphatic no- another learning situation that can and should be done by parents. Maybe if the students were better informed about academics and less time devoted to and I speak figuratively "basket weaving" and getting back to the idea that at home is where this type of learning should be fostered. If parents would stick to allowences and stop indulging every whim - watch at the supermarket- rewarding the whining " I want it-I want it" I'm not blaming the teachers but the schools, administrators and leaving educaiton guidleines in the hands of those who in the main could probably not pass a fifth grade test. Yes those legislators who have mucked up the by now inadequte system
Lawrence E. May (not verified)

Personal finance should be offered

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Personal finance should be offered as an elective course. Currently, some personal finance is included in the JROTC curriculum. The mission of JROTC is "To motivate young people to be better citizens". I believe it is an appropriate fit.
Mark (not verified)

Who will teach the course? What

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Who will teach the course? What certification? Are there colleges developing Financial Ed teachers? NJ has tried to eliminate all Buisness Ed, Technology Ed. Indutrial Arts, and Home Ec. teacher programs in schools so Vocational programs is it (16 career clusters) so they have to be multi year programs. I disagree with the Voc. ed. plan. Will it be general ed for all or vocational for a few? Will there be time in the day to add it? I don't think we could pull it off in every school in the US. TEACHER SHORTAGE. But I agree PE is not Physical ed any more in SOME schools. It has become Sports education and if you don't change into the correct T shirt your grade goes down : )
C. Allen (not verified)

It would be nice to

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It would be nice to add that into other classes but I can't imagine adding one more requirement to the high schools. As it is, too many students are being denied the opportunity to take the electives they would like to because they are forced to take courses that others have decided are important for them (and somehow these all fall into certain categories and are never in the arts, vocational arts or foreign language departments). Too many students are becoming disconnected with the schools because we are only focusing on certain academic areas and ignoring those with gifts or interestes in other fields.
Rachel (not verified)

I have to say that

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I have to say that without the will there is no way.... Both my sister and I took the required home economics course, more than just baking, a year apart. We both grew up, only 20 months apart, in the same house, with the same allowance, with the same two parents and the same rules. We had almost all the same experiences. My younger sister emerged from our upbringing with a sound understanding of money and saving and financial planning. I, sadly, did not. I am only now, at age 32, beginning to understand what it means to budget and how to create one. Next step, learning to live by it. Sadly mine has been a trial by fire, but the education was there...why didn't it stick? I don't think mandating financial courses is going to solve anything.
Deb (not verified)

An entire course would not

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An entire course would not be necessary to teach basic financial management. A six or nine-week required component in Family and Consumer Sciences, with clear standards and assessment would be enough.
Virginia Malone (not verified)

Personal finance is more important

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Personal finance is more important now than ever. With money changing hands and lots of plastic it is far too easy to just trust others. An important part of this course, scams and how to identify them. Other things would include balancing and checking your bank accounts and credit cards, how to deal with PayPal and other online accounts, issues with online buying and selling, how to find and read your credit report, how to report possible identity theft, how to evaluate stocks and bonds (set up one of those for fun portifolios). This would NOT be just a course on save your money.
J. Hughes (not verified)

I think that not doing

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I think that not doing so is a HUGE injustice to today's "Give Me" generation. Value and Budgeting Skills are needed, yet not modeled for most young people today. I also agree, that it needs to be taught to both Primary and Secondary schools.
Steph (not verified)

We teach financial literacy in

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We teach financial literacy in the required course called Consumer Education or Resource Management that is required for a semester by the state. I agree with this requirement. I just wish it was a year long instead of a semester.
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