Because they are becoming regarded as cornerstones of modern literacy, financial literacy and civics are a new focus for schools.
In Massachussetts, legislation is being proposed that would bring civics and finance courses to state schools. A Joint Committee on Education heard testimony from students and teachers that there is a demand for courses in financial literacy and civics.
Business education teacher Lydia Nelson said that her school offers an elective in financial literacy, and about one third of the student body is enrolled.
“We’ve actually begun to bring in another teacher because we have so much of a need,” Nelson said. “I’ve had parents request, and this is the truth, on parents night they’ve actually spoken to the guidance counselor about transferring out of a class and transferring into that class.”
Fenway High School teacher Benadette Manning remarked that often the argument against adding financial literacy courses is the idea that teachers are too busy to take on more requirements.
“But teachers were never asked,” Manning said. “And every time I ask a teacher, they agree with it.”