Could Lessons in Finanace Help Students Down the Road?
In the US, today’s high school students are thrown into a milieu of financial uncertainty. Looking backwards, these students have been coming of age in the years that follow the US housing crisis. After that crisis, what some now call the Great US Recession had its myriad effects on the households these students live in. Looking forward, job markets seem erratic, though the cost of higher education continues its steady growth. Dealing with major life decisions, like student loans, or with planning for a stable future with prospects of owning common assets -- like houses and cars -- seems unimaginably difficult for today’s high school students. Given these circumstances, educators are forced to face the difficult question: How is it possible to promote financial awareness amongst students already over-burdened with their academic load?