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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill

The New York Times – CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE

“…the inclusion of financial literacy in PISA, considered the most important global comparison of 15-year-olds, is a sign that the subject is taking center stage in the education discussion around the world…Experts appear to agree that this is an increasingly necessarily skill, but that the PISA findings show that not enough has been done to teach it.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Low Salaries Keep Many Teachers Out Of The Middle Class: Report

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Teachers’ starting salaries may be nothing to brag about, but a big problem lies in the fact that these salaries barely grow over time, says a new report. Released this week by the Center for American Progress, the report says many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back-to-school shopping sprees are a thing of the past

USA Today – Kaitlyn Krasselt

“Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Study Supports Getting Onboard With Financial Literacy Education

The Huffington Post – Mary Johnson

“Recent news that Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt the Council for Economic Education’s National Standards for Financial Literacy is an encouraging development, and hopefully other states will similarly follow suit.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STEM Jobs Pay Well But Take Twice As Long To Fill

Fox & Hounds – Courtney M. Fowler

“STEM jobs hold the promise of consistently low unemployment rates and high salaries, yet finding people skilled enough to fill vacancies has been increasingly difficult in recent years…interest in STEM fields must be supported not only in higher education, but all the way through elementary schooling.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm

Education Week – Frederick M. Hess

“Around the country, cities already spend a lot of money per pupil—more than private schools, in many instances—with not much to show for it…More money can actually make it tougher to change stagnating school systems…For new dollars to help, they need to put troubled systems on a different trajectory entirely.” (more)

The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“A recent study highlighted the huge gap in financial literacy among American students…With the push for American students to go to college and spend thousands of dollars on their education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early mistakes with their money…these problems can follow them throughout their lives.” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Best Places for STEM Graduates

NerdWallet – SREEKAR JASTHI

“In today’s economy, knowledge in the STEM fields has become incredibly lucrative. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for a STEM job is $79,395 — nearly 71% higher than the national annual average wage…Over the past couple of decades, some cities in the U.S. have become more attractive to STEM graduates for a variety of reasons.” (more)

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at the Grocery Store

The New York Times – Ron Lieber

“One of the most important lessons for children to learn about money is the difference between wants and needs, but it’s not the kind of thing that you can just impart over the dinner table…Families tend to shop for food more than any other item, so having a series of want-need conversations at the grocery store is a fine idea.” (more)

Cyclists Hit the Road for STEM Education

PR Newswire – Staff Writer

“To raise funds and awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, AFCEA International staff members organized Cycle for STEM, a six-day adventure from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Pedaling 335 miles, 10 cyclists raised more than $32,000 for STEM scholarships and grants that support both students and STEM teachers.” (more)