The Moore American

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October 31, 2012

When should fiscal literacy be taught?

MOORE — My son is a ninth-grader in Moore and is enrolled in the financial literacy class. I understand this is a state requirement, but what I don’t understand is why this class isn’t taught at an older age, such as when kids are getting ready to drive or as a senior getting ready to be on their own.

— Carla

Carla,

You are correct in saying this is a state-mandated course, and there are 14 competencies that must be passed. It is also posted on the transcript that this requirement has been met.

Although we aren’t sure about other districts, the Moore district has chosen to offer the class opposite Oklahoma history, which is only a semester-long course, and these are then taught during the freshman year. We appreciate your thought process on this and understand the benefits of continued education concerning finances. There may be other courses in the business or family and consumer science curriculum that also address finances that can be taken later in high school.

Check out the district’s course catalog during pre-enrollment during the spring semester.

Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily represent the views of any certain school district. Send questions to questions. classact@gmail.com.

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