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Tell Your Administrators.

Describe how strongly you feel about the need for financial education to be taught in the classroom by sending a letter to your principal or superintendent.

Find your school’s contact information

Dear administrator,

We need financial education in the classroom today more than ever. We must take action. According to a recent study, 84 percent of students said they need more education on financial management topics. They want this!

In addition, graduates of high schools in which personal financial education is mandated achieve higher savings rates and net worth than those graduating in states where financial education is not mandated. Financial education pays off.

As a parent of a student, I am writing you today to urge you to incorporate financial education into the school curriculum. I want to give my child the best chance for a bright future, but I believe those odds will be improved when financial education is offered in addition to science, history and math. Doing so not only benefits our children, it helps strengthen the community by creating responsible, contributing citizens.

Pathway to Financial Success is providing grants to schools that implement financial education into the curriculum. Please visit www.pathwaytofinancialsuccess.org to learn more and apply for funding.

Curriculum and training for teachers is available through The Council for Economic Education.

Please help our children learn how to make good financial decisions, so future generations can succeed and have brighter financial futures. We can’t afford not to.

Sincerely,
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Talk to Your Child’s Teachers.

Tell your child’s teachers that there are standards-aligned lesson plans on this site they can use to teach financial education. Plus, urge them to apply for a grant from Discover to fund financial education in your school.

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Recruit Other Parents.

The more voices the better. Discuss the issue at parent and parent-teacher association meetings. Below are some facts you can share to explain why it’s essential that financial education be taught, plus an email you can send.

  • More than half of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck (ProFutures Investments, The State of Financial Literacy 2011). In other words, money is tight! Without financial education, our children will struggle. We need to teach our children now so they know how to make smart choices with their money in the future.
  • Graduates of high schools in which personal financial education is mandated achieve higher savings rates and net worth than those graduating in states where financial education is not mandated. (The Department of the Treasury). We send kids to school to give them the best chance for a bright future, but I believe those odds will be improved when financial education is offered in addition to science, history and math.
  • 84 percent of students said they need more education on financial management topics. (Sallie Mae, “How Undergraduate Students Use Credit Cards: Sallie Mae’s National Study of Usage Rates and Trends, 2009”)

Dear friend,

As parents, we want to give our children the best chance for a bright future, but research shows those odds are even better when they graduate understanding personal finance as well as science, history and math.

I contacted our administrators and requested that financial education be added to the curriculum and I encourage you to do the same. Visit pathwaytofinancialsuccess.org to learn how you can help persuade our school, plus explore their resources to help you bring this critical knowledge to your children.

Our school can even apply for a grant to fund implementing financial education into the curriculum.

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Post or Tweet

Share our website link – www.pathwaytofinancialsuccess.com – by copying and pasting it on Facebook and Twitter to help bring others on board to take up the cause, or use one of the messages below. Together everyone can make a difference in your community and in children’s education.

Please ask your schools to add financial education to the curriculum: http://bit.ly/1gwC3Ms

Did you know 84% of students say they need more education on financial management topics? Let’s help them get that: http://bit.ly/1gwC3Ms

Here’s a great video to help you get more comfortable having “the talk” with your kids: http://bit.ly/1k94HCq