Teaching Money-Matters To Florida Teens

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By: Mike Vasilinda
October 14, 2013

Across the state students may be required to take a financial literacy course to better prepare them for the world after high school. Not all educators are in favor of an additional requirement.

Florida and the national economy are improving. But, many feel Florida’s youth aren’t prepared financially to enter into the “real world”. “The best way to get a head of that is to require students take a money course,” says Mark Anderson/Florida Council on Economic Education.

The Florida Council on Economic Education wants state lawmakers to require Florida high schoolers to take a financial literacy course. “It’s important because today we’re seeing historic levels of personal debt that we’ve never seen in the history of the country and state,” says Mark Anderson/Florida Council on Economic Education.

Junior Achievement is a volunteer program that has been educating Florida students on financial literacy for years. Kristi Strickland says preparing students financially for the future is essential. “It’s very important and we realize in the way the economy is today, its more relevant now than ever,” says Kristi Strickland/Junior Achievement.

School Administrators say Florida students are required to take an economics’ class – which already touches on finances.

Although the group supports students being educated on financial literacy — they’re concerned on how the plan will be executed. “Transitioning into Common Core Standards, with students having to complete end of course exams, they need to have the ability to take those courses that are currently required,” says Michele White/Florida Association of School Administrators.

One study has shown that young adults had more trouble finding a job during the recession – which is why those in support of a class say it’s all the reason students need help handling their finances.

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