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CEE launches Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

Last week on May 21, the Council for Economic Education hosted Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Senator Mike Enzi (WY) in Washington, DC for a very exciting announcement: the official launch of the Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, a bipartisan effort to ensure that all Americans are equipped with the essential skills and education they need.

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Senator Jack Reed (RI) talking with CEE CEO & President Nan Morrison (right) and RI CEE President Margaret Brooks (left).

Senator Reed stressed the importance of bringing people from all sides together to address the issue of financial literacy, “a critical problem for future generations.” Financial education is a lifelong endeavor, he continued, and “has to start in elementary and secondary schools, and lead into the college arena.”  The Caucus, he hopes, will be a “catalyst for positive change.”

Senator Enzi addressed the need for access to information and tools to help Americans make the right choices, like saving for retirement, buying insurance, or investing.

Following their remarks, the room turned its attention to an important and timely question: what role should the federal government play in supporting financial literacy? Read more…

POSTED: May 28, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

CEE announces the winner of the 2014 National Economic Challenge Video Contest

The winning entry of the 2014 National Economic Challenge Video Contest was created by a team of four students from Iolani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dick Rankin, an Iolani Teacher, served as the team’s Coach.

CEE asked the eight finalist teams for the 2014 National Economic Challenge to prepare video profiles that show who they are as people, students and scholars. These videos were placed on our Facebook page and open to voting by the general public. The team from Iolani High School received the most votes with over 220 votes.

Each student on the team will receive a $25 iTunes gift card and the coach will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for use in the classroom. Congratulations to Iolani and to all the finalists for their great submissions!

POSTED: May 27, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , ,

It’s Always More than Just the Numbers

April 26 It’s Always More than Just the NumbersBy Alvin Hall, Author; Financial Educator; President of Cooperhall; Contributor on NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin.”

Being comfortable with numbers—understanding arithmetic and simple mathematics—is core to financial literacy. Learning the language of finance—learning the right terms and phrases—is not enough.  Your understanding needs to incorporate the underlying concepts, which are largely numerical in nature.

Much of basic financial literacy is about understanding simple numerical concepts both practically and abstractly. Read more…

POSTED: April 26, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We Can

April 23 Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We CanBy Helen Roberts, Clinical Professor in Economics at UIC and Director, UIC Center for Economic Education.

Practice Makes Perfect

How can our children learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be financially literate? Like reading and driving and other important life skills, one try, one course, one time is not enough to be proficient.

To learn to drive a car, students must learn the rules of the road. To drive their financial lives, students need to learn the rules of good financial life, such the importance of saving, budgeting, and protecting their money. Just as reading about driving is not enough, students need to practice as they go. Read more…

POSTED: April 23, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

April 22 150x150 Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

By Kathleen Brennan, 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award recipient.

It goes without saying that today’s females have career opportunities that weren’t available to them a century ago.  The statistics are impressive– according to the U.S. Bureau of Census, females make up 60% of college graduates and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that labor participation rates of females have increased from 32% in 1950 to about 57% in 2012. Women have come a long way. The good news is that women have made great strides in breaking the glass ceiling and closing the pay gap; the bad news is that they still lag well behind men in terms of financial literacy. Ignorance in financial matters is particularly concerning since women have unique financial challenges—while many women rely on their husbands “to handle the money”,  the reality is that 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives due to the death of a spouse or divorce (Gender Gap in Financial Literacy 2012). Clearly, a man cannot be a “financial plan”. Read more…

POSTED: April 22, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Saving the Young: A Tale of Financial Literacy

April 19 150x150 Saving the Young: A Tale of Financial LiteracyBy Lihi Yusufov

For 16 years, I have had the privilege of being surrounded by financially literate people. My parents know how to handle their finances, and of course, make sure I do too.  My family carries an entrepreneurial spirit through owning a couple of businesses and starting their own ventures. Because of this, I gained a business perspective when venturing through life. I have worked in various fields and noticed that with every field comes a certain expectation of financial literacy. When I interned at a law office, I realized how pertinent finance was in this industry. Without financial mastery, the business would be incapable of sustaining itself. I became aware of this at an early age in my life. However, I noticed that many Americans still struggle with financial literacy. Read more…

POSTED: April 21, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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