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But some of the basic principles (don't buy a house more than twice your yearly income, always put money aside for emergencies, don't run into debt) were part of my growing up. I don't know how to teach that part to people. Or rather, we can teach it. But I don't know how to make them learn it.

See, I think that's the root problem - how to make someone learn, especially for a skill they probably won't use until a few years in the future.

Driver's Ed was an elective class in my high school, but every student who wanted to take it managed to find a way at some point once they were eligble (you had to age qualify, 15 1/2 at the time, for a learner's permit). That's because most of us as teens want to drive IMMEDIATELY. Much harder to teach (and have sink in) things like budgeting for students who are being supported by their parents.
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