Should schools make financial education a graduation requirement?

Yes. Financial-literacy skills are vital. A required course would give students a head start -- and would help prevent them from having to learn it the hard way.
92% (830 votes)
No. Personal finance may be important, but it can be learned outside of school; a required course is unnecessary.
5% (49 votes)
Neither.
3% (25 votes)
Total votes: 904

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kathryn murdock (not verified)

An emphatic no- another

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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

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.

Dave (not verified)

I suggest that Health and

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I suggest that Health and P.E. requirements be combined with things like financial literacy into a “Lifeskills” requirement. Instead of requiring all students to spend 3-4 semesters on Health and P.E. classes that teach very very little, spend a rigorous semester each on Healthy eating / drug education, P.E. / exercise / practical anatomy, and some kind of real-life skills class that includes financial literacy, discussion of legal documents/contracts/leases, employee/employer rights, etc. I personally would like to see some impacting classroom discussion of ethics and morals, but that’s a huge topic of debate by itself.

There will always be concern that coursework doesn’t permanently impact students. Does everyone who has a diploma know Algebra? Should we then not require Algebra at all?

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