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Math Vs. Social Studies and the Argument for Personal Finance

"This was an opportunity to really push our initiative of getting personal finance into the standards.” Abenicio Baldonado, MPA

Jessica Pollard, interviewed Think New Mexico's Education Director, Abenicio Baldonado, MPA about how to get more personal finance into public school standards. Baldonado, is passionate about students receiving more opportunities to learn about how money works, and I am 100% on board with that.

Pollard's article did bring up a GREAT debate topic! Where exactly does personal finance fit in a school's curriculum?🤔

Both sides made some very valid points:

➗Team Math: “Why put it out of the math department if it’s going to take a math or finance person to teach it?... If I wasn’t an engineer or finance person, I wouldn’t know how to teach it." -Bowden Russell

👩🏽‍🏫Team Social Studies: “It makes more sense to put it in social sciences....let’s tie it to economics; let’s show how personal finance and economics go hand in hand and what it means to the student." -Abenicio Baldonado

What do you think??? (Click Here to Vote)Your opinion matters, because more and more states are requiring personal finance for graduation and this will impact teachers, students, and parents. Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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