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Personal Finance as a Second Language

Mike English 264x300 Personal Finance as a Second LanguageBy Mike English, President & CEO, Missouri Council on Economic Education; President, National Association of Economic Educators.

Does the language of Personal Finance intimidate you? Although this subject can be daunting, it is really important and more and more schools now require high school students to take a personal finance class.  Because they are being introduced to the subject for the first time in high school, it can be challenging for many secondary school students.  But imagine being a student in a U.S. classroom who was in a refugee camp just a week before?  How about a student whose parents do not read, write or speak English? Read more…

POSTED: April 9, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Celebrating Financial Literacy Month

nan headshot Celebrating Financial Literacy MonthBy Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO, Council for Economic Education.

As all of you know, April is no longer “the cruelest month”; it is now financial literacy month!

All of us at CEE are enthusiastic about our plans to celebrate the progress being made in financial and economic literacy and the chance to involve all of you.

First and foremost, we are launching our new National Standards for Financial Literacy, providing a toolkit for educators in creating a solid curriculum for all of our students. By giving financial and economic education equal status with other subjects (math, science, languages), we will increase both state and national will and resources to this mission.

In addition, throughout the month of April, we will share the perspectives here of some of our nation’s most important financial, corporate, and political leaders on the need for and importance of financial and economic literacy. Look out for essays from great guest bloggers, such as:

Lori Berkes-Nelson, President, Econ Illinois
Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, TX-15
JD Hoye, President, National Academy Foundation
Max Isenberg, freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and former National Economics Challenge finalist
Dan Kadlec, journalist
Jeff Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and CEE Board Member
David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee State Treasurer
Barbara O’Neill, Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Brian Page, 2011 Ohio Department of Education Milken National Educator Recipient
Mike Periu, President, Proximo, Inc. and CEE Board Member
Amy Rosen, President & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Joan Rosenbaum, 5th grade teacher

And more!

Check out this link to see the events that we will be sponsoring for April as well.

At the end of the month, I will share my thoughts on these experiences. And I hope that you will share some of your experiences with us here.

We know that financial literacy changes the way people see the world and their roles in it. Together, we can make a difference.

Nan J. Morrison
President & CEO
Council for Economic Education

POSTED: April 1, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: CA Assemblyman Pushes Financial Literacy for High Schoolers

Findings from the Council for Economic Education have once again encouraged local leaders to promote financial literacy in their schools.

California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’ bill to bolster financial literacy instruction at high schools statewide is making progress. The Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch has more on his efforts.

“Financial literacy is an issue of equity. Not everyone is given an opportunity at home to be financially literate,” Hernandez said. “Teaching this topic at schools prepares our students to enter an increasingly competitive workforce and gives them the tools to help protect themselves against predatory lending, credit card fraud and other deceptive practices.”

POSTED: March 28, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Colorado Council Board Member Shares Passion and Education with Local Students

Ward Cerny, board member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE), is featured in the Denver Business Journal, and it is recognition well-deserved.

Cerny has an impressive background in international investments, mergers and acquisitions, but his current work as an economic and personal finance educator is perhaps the most important.

“The irony of economics is the people who need it the most are the least likely to receive that education,” Cerny said. “[CCEE's] mission is to make that a key part of curriculum. The main lesson we want to teach people is the more fundamental lesson that economics is the science of decision making in a scarce world.”

Since 2008, Cerny has taught two three-month, economics-oriented classes at Columbine High School through the CCEE each year, competing against students in the Stock Market Game, now called Stock Market Experience.

“It’s always fun when the kids try to beat me,” Cerny said. “One kid would put his entire portfolio in Apple and blow my balanced portfolio out of the water.” Cerny tries to teach his students about the long-term strategy, not just a three-month one.

Read the full article here.

POSTED: March 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Financial Literacy Skills in Indiana

Poor financial literacy skills lead to poor choices. Poor choices can create a downward spiral for young people and adults.

Jeff Sanson, executive director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE), spoke with Symone Skrzycki of BizVoice Magazine, on the importance of financial literacy and education for our nation’s youth in ‘Cause for Alarm – Financial Literacy Skills Must Improve.’

ICEE is one of CEE’s state affiliates working to improve the personal finance and economic skills for teachers and students. You can learn more about their work here.

Read the full BizVoice article here.

POSTED: March 5, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

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