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Thursday, March 26, 2015

STEM subjects boost girls’ earnings by a third, study says

Teaching Personnel – Charlotte Michaels

“Studying maths or science at A-level can boost girls’ earnings by as much a third, according to a new report. The research reveals that the returns for women who study two or more A-levels in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects are 33.1 per cent when compared to those who only obtain GCSE-level qualifications…Encouraging more girls to study STEM subjects has been part of the coalition’s education plan since 2010, resulting in 10,000 more STEM A-level entries for female pupils.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Smart Tips For Children’s Financial Literacy

Investopedia – Steven Richmond

“Parents today have survived their fair share of economic crises: the Great Recession, the dot-com bubble and the various oil shocks during the Reagan and Carter years, just to name a few. Years of experience teaches us the importance of financial literacy, but what about the next generation of Americans who are facing financial independence for the first time? Good parents want the best for the children, which means making sure they grow up knowing how to handle their personal finances properly. Try one of these five smart techniques when you decide to start teaching your children how to handle their money responsibly.”(more)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kids and money: The bucks start here

Daily Herald – Amy Joyce

“We fret about teaching our kids how to use the potty, why they should eat vegetables and why good manners matter. All of those things are important, necessary and pretty consuming for parents who are trying to do the right thing. But money is one topic that slides by many of us parents (guilty), or we purposely put it away to discuss later, because it’s hard and might seem insurmountable. However, it’s probably one of the most important things we can teach our kids if we want them to have a good life…So when do you start this talk? And perhaps more difficult, how?”(more)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Finance

U.S. News & World Report – Michael P. Jacobs

“I am a certified financial planner and a father of four young children. Naturally, I want my children to be happy, healthy, educated and financially secure. I have noticed that it is challenging for parents to find time and interactive ways to engage their children in learning about finance…However, when you gently incorporate financial responsibility into your children’s lifestyles every day, it can make teaching and learning about finance easier and more fun for the whole family. Check out these 10 simple ways my wife and I motivate our children to learn about financial management, and see if they will work for your family as well:”(more)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Colleges Where Graduates Get The Most Bang For Their Buck

The Huffington Post – Alexandra Svokos

“While graduates of engineering and Ivy League schools tend to make the largest amount money, graduates of public schools are more likely to have a higher annual percentage of return on investment, a new report from PayScale shows. The Georgia Institute of Technology and Brigham Young University tie for the top spot in the salary information company’s rankings, which measured annual ROI over 20 years…Other than BYU, public universities with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math come out on top for long-term ROI when considering the annual percentage.”(more)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Life Is Taxing… Teaching Your Kids Real Financial Facts

Forbes – Neale Godfrey

“That time of year is upon us. Yes, it’s tax season! We always seem shocked by the fact that tax-time has crept up on us so unexpectedly. Nevertheless, Benjamin Franklin once reminded us that, “In this world nothing is sure but death and taxes.” Paying taxes is real and it is the law, according to the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, if you don’t pay, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has right to go after you or your estate to get what is owed… plus penalties… forever. Paying taxes is also a practice and, frankly, a habit that has to be built into any budget. It is never too early to start that discussion with the next generation, because if you don’t, they may get the wrong impression and feel that they are the victims, as if paying taxes is an injustice. We grumble about taxes this time of year and we need to be conscious of the affect that attitude has on our young children…Learning about money is learning about values, and one of those values is citizenship. Taxes help a country to pay its bills for the services that even rich people could not pay for on their own…The earlier you can start the conversation with the next generation, the easier it will be for them to embrace it, plan for it, and be honest about it.”(more)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Some States Put Parents in Charge of Student Spending

Education Week – Arianna Prothero

“Imagine an education system where state funding goes directly to parents, who use that money to piece together customized instruction for their children. For some families in Arizona and Florida, this latest evolution in school choice is already the reality. Those two states are pioneering what are called education savings account programs, or ESAs. For some advocates, these programs represent the fullest realization of the school choice movement’s ideals: near total parental control and customization, all while lowering the cost of educating students by encouraging parents to save money.”(more)

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Best Jobs in America? Just Say STEM!

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“CNN and Payscale are out with a new listing of the Best Jobs in America. and it will come as no surprise that the list is replete with STEM jobs. From Software Architect (number one on the list) to Dentist to Accounting Director, it’s hard to find a job that doesn’t have STEM attached to it. We know, as we have for some time, that STEM graduates have greater opportunities than those without a background in STEM.”(more)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Financial Education: The American Education System is Failing Our Students

The Huffington Post – Chris Mettler

“The proliferation of credit cards is relatively new, with plastic only becoming widely used around the 1950s. The dramatic shift to easily accessible money via credit cards has changed the way we wield our purchasing power and manage our money. Unfortunately, our education standards haven’t kept up with these changes. We are not providing America’s youth with the education they need to responsibly manage their finances and credit. America needs thorough and effective financial literacy education in its school system. Without an inclusive and modern financial education, young Americans are being put at risk, making poor financial choices that will have a direct and lasting impact on their future financial health.”(more)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Parents hold the key to children who are on the money

The Guardian – Rohan Boyle

“Shopping has never been so easy. The ubiquity of smart phones and tablets, and the boom in online retailing, has ramped up pressure on everyone to consume. As children are particularly vulnerable to such influences, parents and carers face the challenge of ensuring they impart the right knowledge and experience to help them avoid the biggest pitfalls. The Money Advice Service, a UK government-backed initiative, urges parents not to underestimate the effect their own good (and bad) money habits have on their children. In 2013, it published a report by two Cambridge academics (pdf) who concluded that adult money habits are set by the age of seven.”(more)