The Menlo Roundtable

Fundamental Financial Failure: Why California’s Kids Need to Learn About Money

California public school students need financial education because they don’t know enough about it. The consequences for low financial literacy are dire, and young adults are suffering financially because of it.

The implementation of financial education into math curricula would cause kids to save for the future without sacrificing other classes. It would also satisfy a growing concern among teachers that their students are lacking key life skills. If California decides to combine financial education with math curricula, it will make its public school system more desirable and lift struggling low-income minority students out of a cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.

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