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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance 304

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Paula Burkes reports that under legislation passed in 2007, Oklahoma students, effective this May, now must demonstrate an understanding in banking, taxes, investing, loans, insurance, identity theft and eight other areas to graduate. The intent of personal financial literacy education is to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and cost/benefit analysis are interwoven throughout the standards and objectives. 'Oklahoma has some of the strongest standards in the country,' says Amy Lee, executive director of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, which lobbied for and helped develop the curriculum. 'Where other states require four or five standards regarding earnings, savings and investing, Oklahoma has 14 standards including three that are state-specific: bankruptcy, the financial impact of gambling and charitable giving.' The law is designed to allow different districts to implement the curriculum in different ways, by offering instruction in various grade levels, or by teaching all the curriculum in a single class or spreading it across several courses. 'The intent of this law was always to graduate students out of high school with a strong foundation in personal financial literacy to reduce the many social ills that come from mismanaging personal finance,' says Jim Murphree. 'I cannot think of anything that we teach that is more relevant.'"
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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

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  • by stephenmac7 (2700151) on Monday February 24, 2014 @08:00PM (#46329355)
    No, the less government crowd wants people to make a company and gain money. There is no, "Let's make it so that only some people have the chance to create a corporation." It's more like, "Let's let everyone start pretty much in the same spot, then allow them to fail or succeed based on their own merits." This is in contrast to the progressive, "Let's make sure everyone finishes in the same spot, we don't care where they started or how hard they worked. You succeeded? Great! Now give away all your work." Also, there is not a "delicate balance of free enterprise". The whole idea behind conservatism is that "capitalism will find a way to make it work".

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