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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.

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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. We 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 student, I am writing you today to urge you to incorporate financial education into the school curriculum. I want the best chance for a successful 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 us students, 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 us learn how to make good financial decisions, so we reach our goals and a have strong financial future. We work hard to try to do well in school, get good scores on the SAT, and get into college—but, if we don’t learn how to manage our money, financial success may still escape our reach.

Sincerely,
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Talk to Your Teachers.

Here’s an opportunity to tell your teachers something they may not know! Tell them 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.

  • 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”)
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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, your education and your future.

Show us the money! Ask your school to add financial education to the curriculum: http://bit.ly/1iTle8L

Did you know 84% of students say they need more education on financial management topics? Let’s get it: http://bit.ly/1iTle8L

A good college or a good job may not lead to success if we can’t manage our money. Ask your school to offer financial education: http://bit.ly/1iTle8L