Financial literacy in the classroom

My impression of students, way back in my day, was often practiced ennui.

Most students did only what was required.

A few would actually listen and some might even go beyond the lesson.

It’s this latter group for which a course, or workshop, or YouTube, etc is effective.

I see @intercst already mentioned that a few will “get it”. A few more (from the ennui group?) will remember some of it later. Maybe 20 years later. But, it’ll spur them when it’s right for them

It’s always been this way. IMO.

WRT intelligence, interest, ability, I don’t view today’s youth as markedly different than I and my cohorts at the same age.

I do think today’s youth ARE more aware of their personal power and are “me focused”.
But that’s a topic for another 400 post thread.

ralph was rather narcissistic in highschool, too.


I put in many real life situation calculations when I taught middle school math. Showed them the positive and negative power of compounding by showing how savings can grow or how the cost of a TV bought on credit could skyrocket. We talked about retirement, about how to fill out a check, (a bit dated now!), how to do math in their head. The kids were the most involved with these few moments of relatable math, and I preferred them too. No one asked me to do them, but hey, I was thrown in to the school year without any plans to follow so I improvised.

Those exercises triggered great discussions about living below your means and putting your saving to work for you, about financial independence. I was helping the school out, as their teacher quit just before school opened and given the location it was hard to hire someone, which they finally did after 4 months. Interesting experience, and it made me appreciate good teachers all the more!

Perhaps high school is just too late to start.


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So the answer to my question is either “No” or “I don’t know.”

My experience with special events is that they either have to be spectacular or have a lot of student input.

I’m sorry that I was not more specific in my response to your question. It is a NO, the students did not have any participation in planning the event. The local banks and partners do it for a number of area high schools and ours was included in the schedule.