| Hi Taylor:
What are your thoughts on the financial literacy requirement for
high schoolers in Ohio?
Hi Carlos: I'm a big fan of the idea. We have to see how it's
implemented, but I always tell people the time to start teaching kids
about money is yesterday. By high school, a lot of teens are already
earning and spending without many concepts of how to save or invest.
Personally, I didn't learn about financial responsibility until I
graduated, and I had to do it the hard way-buy a car I couldn't afford
and spend the next several years trying to claw my way out of debt.
My wife Megan (girlfriend at the time) fortunately had a better sense
of budgeting and helped me come up with a spending plan that allowed
me to get back in the black, but it would have been awesome if I knew
more about interest and borrowing before all of that went down.
In my experience, kids want to learn practical things. They're more
interested in how Elon Musk became the richest man in the world than
they are in how mitosis works. That's not to say we should stop teaching
biology, but mixing in some practical lessons will probably make the
school day a little more enjoyable.
Again, implementation is a different question. Hopefully the law doesn't
leave school districts in Ohio scrambling to find qualified instructors
for the course. I get excited about the idea because I enjoy teaching
about money, but another teacher who's already lesson planning for
three different subjects might not feel the same.
In any event, this undertaking in Ohio could help other schools in
other states adopt a similar curriculum. Even if there are some growing
pains with this first trial, we can figure out ways to improve the
classes and better equip our teachers to talk about financial literacy.
I'll be interested to see what the subject matter is for these courses.
We've been developing material to teach kids about money and their
Money Personalities over at TheMoneyCouple.com in our Kids Korner,
and it's an interesting exercise to think about and look at finance
through a child's eyes. I hope the people who develop these curriculums
take the time to make it a little more interesting than accounting
101 and give the students something they can really sink their teeth
So that's my stance. Teach everyone about money as early as possible
so they can avoid the mistakes their parents may have made. Thanks
for the question!
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