I read an article concerning Canada’s Ministry of Education’s plan to implement a pilot financial literacy course within their system. They are looking at starting the mandatory program as early as tenth grade. With their focus highlighting proficient knowledge of budgeting, taxes, and mortgages.
So, I decided to check into the American public school system and our mandatory course requirements for graduation. Even though I did not find a specific, across the board mandatory financial course requirement to graduate public high school, some did have life skills courses. Since these are elective courses, it varied from state to state.
In America, we grasp a student’s need for English, Math, History & Science, but what about their need to survive every day life after high school. Is this really up to our educational system anyway? To me, teachers appear to be given more of the parent’s responsibilities without the increase in pay!
You know parents, we can not depend or require our educational system to provide everything for our children.
In the bible we are told about preparing our children for their future in numerous verses. Not only building their lives on God’s words, but knowing how to apply them to everyday life.
“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Training our children for life is up to us, the parents. And, I know we always think that we have tomorrow. But we don’t. So here are two questions for you. Could your children survive if you were gone from their lives tomorrow? Or would they be easy prey for the evil of this world?
Something to think about.
And Canada’s pilot program will be interesting to watch over the next five years. Of course, we will probably have to wait twenty years before we can measure real change.
Some interesting questions to be answered during the process of the program…
- Will the poverty levels change?
- Did the finances and the management of finances within the government improve?
- Was there more or less bankruptcies?
- Did it bring about more innovation within the country?
- Did small business numbers go up or down?
I am sure you can think of a few yourself!
Remember preparing your children for life without you, is a gift from you to them which no one can take away.
God Bless You!
God Bless America!