Our mission is to make personal finance accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. We are beginning our advocacy efforts in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland), where we will be pushing for a one semester financial literacy course requirement.
From over 270 responses from MCPS students...
of students support making financial literacy a graduation requirement.
For the students who didn’t support it, 65% would be interested in taking an elective personal finance course.
of students rated their tax management skills as a 1 out of 5
of students rated their ability to make student loans as a 4 or 5 out of 5
What students think
What teachers think
Teacher interviews were conducted with numerous MCPS high school teachers who decided to remain anonymous. A few concerns were raised:
“Current county financial literacy standard is embedded into the social studies curriculum, meaning that students are ‘exposed’ to financial literacy through one unit. However, there is no requirement of demonstrated knowledge.”
“Currently the county expects that students will eventually learn financial literacy in college so it isn’t taught in high school, but oftentimes college students do not learn it, despite their increased independence. This leaves too much work for the individual to do themselves and a lack of necessary support for them.”