Kudos to CEE for devoting their blog space this month to many different voices making the case for financial education. I share the dilemma of every end-of-program speaker struggling to find something new to say. So, in these waning days of Financial Literacy Month, let me offer a few additional thoughts in support of school-based financial education for grades K-12.
Research has shown that the largest single determinant of money attitudes in teenagers and young adults is their parents, and the home environment in which they grow up. But, that influence can be positive or negative. If we treat financial education as solely the responsibility of parents, then we admit that young people will not start their adult lives on a level playing field.
Read more about Michael Staten at http://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/faculty/mike_staten
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