Teachers need to teach their students a lot of things that end up falling under the giant umbrella that can sometimes only be called “stuff“. Its not reading, writing, math, or science. It’s the social stuff of daily life that doesn’t necessarily come in a particular class or from a teacher trained in a particular subject, but in conversations and interactions with other students, teachers and staff. These days, digital literacy is often cited as being “the fourth literacy”, but there are many other literacies out there that our students need if they’re going to be successful, functional adults in a connected, challenging, global world. The video below addresses the idea of financial literacy as a subject that should be taught in schools. It uses data from the Council for Economic Education’s 2014 Survey of the States (click the link to see their handy interactive infographic with some frightening statistics).
As a teacher, do you feel fit to teach students about personal finance? Do you think students should be required to learn/be evaluated on personal finance at either the secondary or post-secondary level? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.