Kids & Money Survey
Posted by Gail | Filed under Kids & Money
Last week I did an interview on CBC radio talking about financial education in schools. Seems there’s a board trustee at the Toronto District School Board who thinks that money should be part of the curriculum. Annie Kidder of Parents for Education thinks it’s a job for parents.
Y’all know what I think. It is ridiculous that we have kids leaving school with a focus on earning a living without the skills it will take to manage the money they will be earning. It’s absolutely pathetic that in 2009, we are debating the relevance of financial education as part of the school curriculum. And it is down right dumb that kids are being given access to credit (student loans) without being given any understanding of the implications of using that credit.
So here’s a short survey. I’d like you to pass this on to as many friends and family members as you can because I think this is important and the more feedback we all have the better. Leave your responses in the comments section, and I’ll go through them and amalgamate them. Then maybe we can come up with some ideas on how to finally slay the Money Ignorance Dragon!
- Do you think schools should teach children how money works and how to manage it?
- At what grade do you believe this education should begin? And end?
- List six topics you think schools should cover when it comes to teaching money management.
- What role do you think others (parents, bankers, community groups) should play in the education of our kids, specifically about money?
- Do you agree or disagree with the statement: Financial institutions should be held liable for lending irresponsibly when they don’t “educate” before they lend. (Elaborate if you wish.)
- What three things about money do you wish you had learned earlier?
- What mistakes could you have avoided if you’d known more about how money works?
- What do you think it will take to change The System and ensure the next generation of adults knows how money works?
- Do you have resources you would recommend to help schools, teachers, parents, help children learn about money?
- What else would you like to say on this topic?