MAKE PERSONAL FINANCE CLASSES MANDATORY FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S YOUTH, GRADES K-12 .
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Please join me in signing this petition to urge Pennsylvania leadership to mandate personal finance courses into the core curriculum of all students in grades K-12; and particularly for high school students in Philadelphia by end of 2018.
Currently there are 17 states in the U.S. that have mandatory financial education courses for students K-12; however the state of Pennsylvania lags behind in passing a mandate to teach personal finance classes to high school students.
I strongly believe that it is critically important to provide our children with a basic understanding of financial concepts. Teaching our children these skill sets is necessary in helping them establish a strong foundation for economic success and security for their lives.
This is also especially true for their lives after high school. Many college students are taking out increasingly large student loans to pay for their education. In fact, student loan debt in our country exceeds credit card debt. Mistakes managing money in their early years of adulthood can have devastating long-term consequences on their ability to buy their first home, the ability to buy a car, the ability to start a family, the ability to save for retirement. The lack of financial education can impact their entire life.
Unfortunately many of our high school graduates are entering college or the workforce almost completely unarmed with the basic knowledge, the basic skills that they need to manage their personal finances effectively.
There are so many benefits in teaching children personal finance. I believe that not providing our children with core personal finance courses is a form of child abuse. And we essentially set them up for failure.
Making financial education a core requirement for students K-12 should be a priority for us all. Accelerating these efforts will provide students an unprecedented opportunity to give children as well as their parents the power to become the most informed economically savvy citizens than previous generations.
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