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.
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