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We want our kids to know have the tools to succeed in life after they leave high school, right? If that’s the case, then why do we spend all of our time teaching them things that they don’t ever need? On top of that, valuable time that is wasted doing other things forces the kids to miss out on the chance to learn what they need to know, like how to buy a house, or how to invest.
In this article for Techyville.com, Dr. Boyce Watkins explains why financial education is just as important as s*x education when it comes to preparing kids for the future. Dr. Watkins explains that kids need to know the ins and outs of finance and that it’s the lack of financial education in our society that makes kids into financial slaves for major corporations.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University. In 2002, he was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance. He has taught at the highly prestigious Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China and has more solo-authored research publications than anyone in the history of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Read more of what Dr. Watkins has to say:
Two things that tend to affect our brains in the same way are money and s*x. They are also two things that can get us into the most trouble. So, as a Finance Professor, I thought I would explain five reasons why Financial education is at least as important than s*x education and why they should both be taught in high school.
1) Because its relevant: We teach our kids the birds and the bees (sometimes), have them reading old English textbooks that they don’t understand and force them to learn at least 5,000 things that they will never use for the rest of their lives. If we are teaching all of this semi-worthless nonsense, why not teach a child to balance a check book too?