Survey of the States

Waiting for the Cavalry

Dan Kadlec 200x300 Waiting for the CavalryBy Dan Kadlec, author and journalist.

I’d like to think the cavalry is coming. But it isn’t—not quickly enough, anyway. For all the lip service to financial education and well-intentioned research surrounding what works best when it comes to teaching young people about money, much too little instruction is actually taking place. In plain view, the next generation is growing up as financially inept as the last.

Financial illiteracy brought us the Great Recession. Individuals had taken on crushing credit card debt, renounced the concept of an emergency fund and inked mortgages that made no sense. Sure, bankers were complicit. But that’s all the more reason to get serious about raising the public’s financial I.Q. Read more…

POSTED: April 10, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

We can do better than this. Our children need financial literacy.

Lynn Fitch We can do better than this. Our children need financial literacy.By State Treasurer of Mississippi Lynn Fitch.

On my way to make a speech recently, I made a quick stop at a local convenience store to grab a diet coke.  “That will be $2.28,” the young girl smiled.  As I handed her three $1 bills, the cash register chirped and the drawer popped open.  She reached for my change. “Oh wait,” I said, “I have three pennies.”  Her pleasant smile quickly faded and was replaced with a blank stare into the cash drawer. “Um…..hmmm…..uh…..so…..I’m not sure what to do,” she said in a confused, sheepish tone.

It’s unfortunate that many of our young people can’t count change or do the math.  We must give them the financial skill set and tools to succeed in life so they don’t have to learn the hard way.  We must create financial freedom for our children. Read more…

POSTED: April 4, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: Why We Need to Teach Financial Literacy in Schools

Suzanne McGee of The Fiscal Times is a proponent of financial literacy education, both at home and in our schools. After a media luncheon with Nan J. Morrison, CEE president & CEO, McGee followed up with her blog post on what she learned from teaching “Wall Street 101,” and how we can do better for our nation’s youth.

“It isn’t about giving kids rules, Morrison points out: Just telling them to save 10 percent of their income is about as useful as telling an overweight child to eat less and exercise more. What helps more is teaching that child to make healthy choices and discover the rewards of physical activity. Similarly, helping a child to become fiscally fit means giving them tools to make sensible decisions on a day-to-day basis, not just putting aside an arbitrary percentage of their income.”

You can read McGee’s full post on The Fiscal Times here.

POSTED: March 12, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Annamaria Lusardi Honored with William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award

Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business, and Director of the Financial Literacy Center, will be honored with the William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award from the Jump$tart Coalition.

Lusardi is a CEE board member who has worked with us to promote economic education and financial literacy for all. She has participated on CEE panels including Financial Illiteracy: Educated Women Too? and Women and Financial Literacy: Evidence Across Countries. Lusardi provided guidance on the biennial Survey of the States and served on the Blue Ribbon panel for CEE’s soon-to-be-released National Financial Literacy Standards.

Congratulations to Dr. Lusardi for a well-deserved recognition. The William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award, named for Bill Odom, the former chairman of Ford Motor Credit Corporation, recognizes individuals who have made substantial, groundbreaking contributions to the promotion of financial literacy among students across the United States.

POSTED: March 4, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

Statistics from CEE inspire mandatory personal finance course in Massachusetts

When CEE released the Survey of the States in early 2012, we supplemented the printed report with a website dedicated the state of financial and economic education, www.surveyofthestates.com.

Principal Julie Miller of Stoughton, MA, used statistics from CEE’s website when she went before the school committee to ask for a required personal finance course at Stoughton High School. Read more…

POSTED: February 19, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

CEE’s Nan J. Morrison on The HuffPost Education Blog: Chicago Public Schools

Illinois has placed a high priority on the financial literacy of its students, as it was one of the first states to implement rigorous economic and personal finance standards. This semester, its largest city continues to raise the bar for school systems nationwide: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) introduces a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders with resources developed by CEE.

Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO of CEE, outlines what this means for CPS and our nation’s students in her latest blog post on Huffington Post Education, “Chicago Public Schools Raise the Bar for Financial Education.”

Read the full blog post here.

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

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