Tampa Bay Times and Financial Corps were the first to cover the news, applauding Florida for taking this important step in improving financial education for students. Madeline Will of Education Week spoke with CEE CEO and President Nan Morrison and Mike Bell, the Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education about how the adoption of the Standards will “strengthen the teaching of financial education in American schools.” And in a Huffington Post article, financial literacy expert Mary Johnson of Higher One points to Florida’s efforts as “an encouraging development,” adding that she hopes “other states will similarly follow suit.”
In light of the findings of our 2014 Survey of the States, a recent US News article offers a crash course in personal finance education. The survey revealed only 17 states in the nation require high schoolers to take a personal finance course, meaning many students graduate without basic money management skills. This article provides 6 basic personal finance concepts that all high school graduates should know.
The day of the National Economic Challenge was a busy one for CEE and challenge participants.
In a recent New York Post article, CPA John Vento says “the problem of financial illiteracy is perhaps the greatest threat facing our country.” This statement comes after the 2014 Survey of the States reported only 17 states in the nation require a personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement.
In this article CEE’s President and CEO Nan Morrison stresses the need for children to receive proper financial education at school. Studies have shown that many children learn about personal finance from their parents, yet many parents are not properly equipped to to teach their children.
The 2014 Survey of the States found that very few states require courses in personal finance. Morrison calls upon parents to speak with teachers and principals about financial education in the curriculum and to learn about money with their children.