Economic Education

Nothing is More Powerful than Teaching Financial Literacy

Darren Gurney Nothing is More Powerful than Teaching Financial Literacy By Darren Gurney, Economics Teacher, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY, 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Awardee.

As an educator, nothing is more powerful than teaching financial literacy. Having taught a variety of social studies topics during the past 18 years as a teacher, I know that financial literacy is as valuable as any topic that students are exposed to in their schooling. Moreover, other than health education no subject is as “real world” applicable as exposing adolescents to personal financial issues.

DGURN 300x167 Nothing is More Powerful than Teaching Financial Literacy When students enter my classroom for the first time, it astonishes me how little they know about basic financial concepts. Balancing a checkbook, using credit cards, understanding mortgage rates, contributing to retirement accounts, stock/bond investing, using debit cards, opening savings accounts, applying for car loans, and other day-to-day financial areas are topics which students are not exposed to in their primary education. These are activities that all adults face in their daily lives. Why are children taught trigonometry, chemistry, and other concepts that are irrelevant to their existence? Perhaps our schools’ inability to evolve past our “liberal arts” educational goals or a dependence on our countries’ long standing subject areas, the content provided to our students and future citizens is nonsensical.

Why not create educational curriculums that focus on material which students of all educational abilities will utilize later in their lives? Schools should be focused on teaching skills, such as critical thinking, analytical, public speaking, writing, arithmetic, and communicating effectively with others (socialization). The content used to foster these skills is largely insignificant. But, in learning these skills it serves our nation best by introducing financial literacy concepts that our youth will deal with daily as they age and move through college and into their careers.

Most of all, students enjoy learning about financial literacy. Stock market investing competitions, studying entrepreneurs and small business topics, completing tax returns, studying mortgage rates and real estate prices, and analyzing state/federal taxation policies ultimately motivates students a great deal. Why should we force our children to battle through William Shakespeare’s writing or memorize terms like mitochondria or pi, when most Americans are financially illiterate? Maybe if we channel our energies in these areas, the typical US household will not be saddled with so much debt. In turn, our nation’s leaders may be able to do a better job of not growing our $17 trillion national debt.

POSTED: April 16, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , , ,

CEE Report – Winter 2015

Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

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In This Issue

Upcoming Events
2014 Visionary Awards
Note from Nan
In the States: Colorado
Fulfilling the Mission: 2014 Highlights
2014 Update from Our State Councils
CEE Events and Activities
VP: Real World Perspectives on the Economy
2014 Donor Honor Roll
Board of Directors

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Council for Economic Education Honors Dr. Annamaria Lusardi with 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award

Financial Literacy Pioneer Recognized for Extraordinary Work to Advance Awareness of Economic and Financial Education

WASHINGTON, DC (January 15, 2014) The Council for Economic Education is delighted to announce that Prof. Annamaria Lusardi of George Washington University (GW) will be honored with the 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, recognizing her extraordinary work to advance public awareness of the importance of economic and financial education.

A pioneer in the study of financial literacy, Prof. Lusardi is widely renowned for her Annamaria Lusardi Forbes Award 300x198 Council for Economic Education Honors Dr. Annamaria Lusardi with 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Awardextraordinary contributions to the field. Among her numerous achievements, she designeda measurement of financial literacy that has been used in national surveys around the world, while her theoretical and empirical work has helped to make a compelling case for the cost and consequences of financial illiteracy. She has published many papers and two books on the topic of financial literacy and also edited special issues on financial literacy for the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance andNumeracy.           Read more…

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Teaching Opportunity – January 2015

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In This Issue:

  • 2015 Call for Annual Conference Proposals
  • 2 New Math in the Real World Lessons Now Available
  • AP Micro and AP Macro Economics Bundle: Special Discount
  • Your Teaching Has An Impact!
  • 3 Demonstration Videos for HS Economics
  • This Day in Economic History

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POSTED: January 26, 2015 | BY: John Jones | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE Offers Free Online Assessment Center

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The Council for Economic Education is now offering the Online Assessment Center. The OAC is a free online resource that provides teachers with an easy and efficient way of measuring their students’ academic progress. It allows teachers to track real-time data on their students’ understanding of economic and financial concepts.
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POSTED: December 1, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Kids on Economics

What do kids think about economics? Watch this video to see elementary, middle and high school students talk about the importance of understanding economics and personal finance principles. You’ll be surprised to see how insightful these kids are when they talk about viewing the world through economic lenses!

Watch Kid’s on Economics!

POSTED: November 18, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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