ECM Show #30: Will we promote financial ignorance in high school? @finedchat

Brian Page, @FinEdChat has recently won the William A Forbes Public Awareness Awards and Milken National Educator Award at the CEE National Conference (@council4econed).

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He understands how to teach financial education to students and the types of things that students should be learning in high school.
As I researched to record the show, I started thinking about where financial education happens. Usually college is where you start learning about money. I had an Accounting class in high school. It was practical and I saw how I could use it. I enjoy teaching Accounting for this reason.

  • But think about it — if we only teach financial education in college are we staying that only people who go to college deserve to have money?
  • Are we relegating kids who only go to high school to be without out?
  • Aren't we discriminating by not teaching the most practical of skills to all of our students?
  • If we want to turn around the financial health of the United States, doesn't it start by helping all citizens be more fiscally responsible?
  • Are we promoting financial ignorance by not including this topic in our curriculum?
  • Are school boards and local businesses asking to know exactly what kinds of financial education is happening in their school systems? Upon such may beat the future heartbeat of your local economy.

I think it is embarrassing to be accepting money to include product placement in standardized tests but to completely leave students uneducated about predatory lending and misleading marketing.

Every student in every school deserves financial education. Listen to this week's episode of Every Classroom Matters with Brian Page to get started and add him to your PLN.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Eliza Bivins-Fink November 15, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Hello again! We “met” via a Google chat in Jeff Stanzler’s AIC class a few weeks ago but I had no idea then that you do SO MUCH outside of the classroom. Your blog and podcasts are excellent!

I really loved this post and am excited that financial literacy is an issue that a lot of educators are passionate about. Although I am going to be an English teacher, I believe so strongly that financial literacy is important, and I love the fact that you asked your guest for resources – I’m really excited to look into them!

I was also happy that you brought up the issue of equity in financial literacy instruction by acknowledging the value of non-college bound students and their right to this information.

At one point in your podcast I was thinking that it is too bad that financial literacy isn’t part of the standardized test itself; it would certainly be added to the high school curriculum if that were the case.That being said, I was really disheartened to hear that there is product placement in standardized tests. This really blows my mind. I’m really curious about what this looks like – are products built into math story problems?

Thanks again for this great post. I’m really excited to keep up with you by following your blog. Oh, and thanks for being a participant in the AIC simulation, it is such a great experience and your students have been so great!! – Eliza (Silver Game NSA)

coolcatteacher November 15, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Eliza! Silver game Rocks!!! You don’t know this yet but you all are presenting with my students next week at the global education conference!!!

As for the product placement- I understand it is their product names just about anywhere! It shouldn’t be allowed.
Vicki Davis

Pamela DPoole December 3, 2013 - 2:44 am

The resource that you mentioned here is something that I have been looking from
quite a time. And finally it ended with such a nice financial education ….College for Financial Education

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