Financial literacy course being proposed by Franchot
Comptroller Peter Franchot, who hasn't gotten very far with the state board in his attempts to make a financial literacy course a requirement for graduation, said he's going to gather 10,000 signatures to support the idea. Franchot said he's already gotten about a third of the signatures and he hopes to have the full number by the beginning of the legislative session this winter.
The state board has passed a requirement that financial literacy be integrated into the high school curriculum so that every student has some exposure to it, but Franchot wants a separate course required for students if they want a diploma. While few educators would disagree with the idea of having high school students become financially literate, I know many are concerned about the growing number of requirements for graduation. The more state mandated requirements there are the fewer spots in the schedule are open for electives. Often, those electives are the only chance a student has to pursue music, art and creative writing. What do teachers, parents and administrators think about this?
Should the legislature pass a billl requiring a free standing course on financial literacy as a requirement for graduation?