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Author: jbking Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 75800  
Subject: Re: Retirement education? Date: 1/27/2005 5:14 PM
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Greetings,

While I am unlikely to take this further, does anyone happen to have information on how public schools choose their curriculum?

http://store.ncee.net/lei.html may have some information for you about economic education. IIRC, in the US, education is regulated at the state level and so I wonder if you could ask some in a local school board how they select courses.

About 15 years ago I remember signing up for a Geology course in my sophomore year in high school that since only 6 people wanted it, it wasn't offered and I had to choose another course. I mention this as this could be an issue you'd face in trying to get such a class going.

In either case, I thought I would bring up the issue with you people. Obviously the people posting here found out about investing in some manner. How did you find out about investing?

Mostly as something to do with the money I was saving back when I started working. I had been saving and thought there should be something I can do with this money other than leave it in a bank savings account. This lead me to learning about investing from various folks and introduced me to more than a few web sites and as this was the late 1990s, everything was in a boom about how this time it was different. Definitely an interesting time to learn about investing. There were also stock options from the dot com I worked at that also led to some learning about investing since I wanted to make sure I handled these appropiately. Needless to say those options expired worthless as my strike price was way above the current trading price of the stock when I left the company a few years back and wasn't in good financial shape.

Did a school class at some point in time give you the basics, did your parents/relatives help, or did you "stumble" upon it yourself?

Twas more of something I actively sought out in a sense since I had this nice growing bank account and did believe I should get more bang for the buck in a sense.

Regards,
JB
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