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Oklahoma Schools Required to Teach Students Personal Finance

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 5 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Paula Burkes reports that under legislation passed in 2007, Oklahoma students, effective this May, now must demonstrate an understanding in banking, taxes, investing, loans, insurance, identity theft and eight other areas to graduate. The intent of personal financial literacy education is to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and cost/benefit analysis are interwoven throughout the standards and objectives. “Oklahoma has some of the strongest standards in the country.," says Amy Lee, executive director of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, which lobbied for and helped develop the curriculum. "Where other states require four or five standards regarding earnings, savings and investing, Oklahoma has 14 standards including three that are state-specific: bankruptcy, the financial impact of gambling and charitable giving." The law is designed to allow different districts to implement the curriculum in different ways, by offering instruction in various grade levels, or by teaching all the curriculum in a single class or spreading it across several courses. “The intent of this law was always to graduate students out of high school with a strong foundation in personal financial literacy to reduce the many social ills that come from mismanaging personal finance,” says Jim Murphree. “I cannot think of anything that we teach that is more relevant.""

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Good luck (1)

schwit1 (797399) | about 5 months ago | (#46324139)

It is a no brainer to teach this stuff but if the school system refuses to comply [dailycaller.com] with the law.

Every school should be teaching this stuff (1)

jonwil (467024) | about 5 months ago | (#46327653)

Far too many people leaving school don't have an understanding of how the world of finance and banking works.

I just hope this course includes a section covering phishing and how not to get caught by it, far too much money ends up in the hands of criminals thanks to phishing attacks.

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