My sister and I wrote a book targeted at baby boomer women which was launched by Neiman Marcus in August 2009 and we just completed developing/teaching a 12 week financial literacy class to the Class of 2010 at KIPP Houston High School. (Recently ranked #16 by U.S. News & World Report.) A focus group of the students helped us put together the curriculum and they were the ones who suggested we use our book as the textbook.We met with the Texas Education Agency as well as other government officials and they were very impressed by our results as we were NOT teaching them how to balance their checkbook, but instead to think about whether or not expenditures are smart,conscious decisions. In addition we suggested a inexpensive, easy and fun way to implement the program that would not be a burden to the teachers or the administrators. So what is the problem? Although they were very supportative, the bureaucracy will be an uphill battle. For any of you who think we need to teach financial literacy in school, we need your help and suggestions as to how to get past the government roadblocks and get into the schools themselves. We believe it can help many people, and if the feedback from the students and our other readers is any indication, we know we have already made a difference in their lives.
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