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Council for Economic Education Introduces K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to introduce the National Standards for Financial Literacy, a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. Developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the National Standards for Financial Literacy raise the bar for financial literacy education.

The standards contain the six areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income; Buying Goods and Services; Using Credit; Saving; Financial Investing; and Protecting and Insuring.  Each standard emphasizes decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision-making, and assessing outcomes to each standard. Through the standards, students learn how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make.  In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made. Read more…

POSTED: April 16, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: Financial literacy can help deflate the growing student loan debt bubble

CEE’s Survey of the States was once again utilized as the backbone of support for economic and financial education in our nation’s schools.

In last week’s USA TODAY, Sabina Bharwani and Carrie Sheffield encourage K-12 education in economics and personal finance to prevent the ever-climbing student debt from reaching uncontrollable proportions.

“Teaching personal finance, economics and business in schools is a fundamental task in our hypercompetitive world, yet too few of our schools are on board. In 2011, just 22 states required a high school course in economics and just 14 states required the offering of a course in personal finance, according to research from the Council for Economic Education (CEE). These classes offer a solid foundation for studying our ever-globalizing world and guidance on dealing with tempting credit card offers hitting students’ mail boxes at age 18.”

Read their full column here.

POSTED: January 14, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE in the News: Tackling Investor Ignorance in The Wall Street Journal

Our global economy has become so complex that the gap between what people know about economics and personal finance, and what they need to know, is widening every day. Americans are increasingly responsible for their financial future, yet an alarming number lack even basic economic awareness.

In Karen Blumenthal’s article for The Wall Street Journal, Tackling Investor Ignorance, she dissects the latest report from the securities and Exchange Commission on personal finance for Americans. The conclusion? Not great.

From the article:

“Small investors, the SEC said, “have a weak grasp of elementary financial concepts and lack critical knowledge of ways to avoid investment fraud.

That’s a problem for individuals if they buy products they don’t understand, accumulate too much debt or take unintended risks with their retirement funds or other savings.”

So where does the Council for Economic Education fit in? How do we fix the problem?

“Still, people can’t be experts about every financial product or investment. So what exactly do they need to know to make good decisions?

Plenty of experts have been wrestling with this. The nonprofit Council for Economic Education is working on standards for students in fourth, eighth and 12th grades in six main subject areas: earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, investing and protecting and insuring assets.”

Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, CEE Board Member and professor of economics and accountancy at George Washington University, and Bill Bosshardt, Director of the Center for Economic Education at Florida Atlantic University both weighed on the full article here.

POSTED: November 5, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

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