Financial literacy is a must
Re Pushing for financial literacy in the classroom, Nov. 1 I completely support half-credit courses teaching young youths how to manage and respect money.
An eye-opening experience/project could start with students choosing a career, maybe one they are interested in, then giving them a list of needs they have to find, calculate and pay for like food, shelter, clothes. Then make a list of wants like takeout, education, vehicles, car insurance, entertainment, trips, electronic devices.
I would love to see how these students would “survive” financially as I truly believe our youths have very little knowledge about the cost of everyday things let alone living expenses. We need to teach them cost of living.
There’s nothing wrong with exposing them to learning how to manage an income and the expenses going out. Such exposure could also motivate them to find careers that will cater to their lifestyle.
The more exposure to finances and expenses the more knowledge our youth will have. Melanie Kohek, Whitby
Finally, someone brave enough to approach this topic. Our children need to know how to deal with their own money, not their parents’.
I applaud Prakash Amarasooriya for broaching this very important subject and imparting this life lesson on our children. I hope that the school boards will help him to go forward to change the curriculum toward financial literacy in our schools.
I am positive many parents would appreciate this course. I am fine with history but it does not put food on the table for the majority of us. Rose Loeblein, Mississauga