Personal Financial Literacy (PFL) Whats it all about?
A Call for Action National Association of State Board of Education North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer The North Carolina General Assembly The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The U.S. economy is the eighth wonder of the world. Americans ignorance of it is the ninth. Arthur Levitt Former Chairman, New York Stock Exchange
Todays Teens… Fewer than half of teenagers polled understood how to budget Entering college freshmen have an average debt of $1.500 on personal credit cards. The average credit card debt for college seniors is $2,864; a 48% increase from freshmen
Todays Teens… The average debt of graduating college seniors including student loans is $20,000. Americans under age 25 are filing for bankruptcy faster than any other age group.
The News… Personal Financial Literacy is now a requirement in North Carolina Multiple curricula will reflect changes in their NC Standard Course of Study A series of regional workshops are designed for training
Support staff includes national partners, local experts and NCDPI Social Studies Consultants Multiple resources and materials are available for instruction
NC Legislation HB 16 (1/31/05) SB 622 (2005) SB 1113 (3/22/07) HB 1473 (2007) Appropriations Act for teaching PFL in Civics and Economics
HB 16 Requires the public schools to teach personal financial literacy in high schools Up to five years to develop curriculum
Senate Bill 622 Requires the teaching of Personal Financial Literacy in Public Schools Up to two years to develop curriculum
Senate Bill 1113 Appropriate funds for instruction in personal financial literacy (Algebra I and Integrated Math beginning with the 2008- 09 school year)
House Bill 1473 Appropriates recurring funds for instruction in personal financial literacy (Civics and Economics) Train teachers (2007-08) Modules in Civics and Economics curriculum (2008-09)
PFL legislation… How will it affect Social Studies Teachers Students
PFL… Civics & Economics courses will include modules of instruction in Credit Savings Investing Checking A pre- and post- survey of Personal Financial Literacy
Why Civics & Economics? It is a required course - all students take it PFL should begin early in the HS career Teens purchase Teens have charge cards Teens begin to work by 10th grade Additional courses are available in other content areas
PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY: ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES Section I - Economic Basics The Four Factors of Production and their Rewards Candy Bar Economics Section II - Taxing and Spending Local Taxes: Where Does All The Money Go? State Taxes: Why Do We Pay the State? Economic Investment in a Community: A Case Study Is There Such a Thing as a Good Tax? Section III - Money Management Dream Life Family Financial Project Section IV - Savings and Investment Investment: Does Money Grow? Section V – Credit Credit: Friend or Foe? Read the Fine Print Section VI – Insurance Insuring Against Risk Insurance: Do We Need It? Section VII – Banking Banks and Consumer Services No Rubber Checks Additional Resources