I received this intriguing e-mail yesterday from reader Ryan:
I am a 6th grade teacher who wants to do a month long lesson on financial education. I was wondering if you have any thoughts and/or ideas as to what you think should be stressed at such a young age? I have broken my lesson down into income, savings, and investing. I hear a lot of people say it is important to teach financial education but I find hardly anyone doing anything about it. Do you have any tips or could you ask your readers to send in their thoughts? Anything would be appreciated.
It’s very true. I am one of those people that think it’s crazy that our kids have to leave school knowing the date the Pilgrims landed but not understanding compound interest. But at the same time, how do you cleverly teach a six-grader something lasting about money?
Your thoughts? I have an elaborate idea for a money game that is either stupid or brilliant (I’ll share tomorrow), but I’d like to hear what you have to say first. Help him out!
By Jonathan Ping | Giving Back | 4/17/08, 7:51am