The mathematics, business economics teachers learned strategies to teach their students topics like building credit, filing taxes and creating a budget.
"It's the nuts and bolts of real-world finance," said
In 2003, Gov.
Lange said that when IBAT saw a need to provide high school students with financial literacy tools, they looked to educators to close the gap.
"We tried putting bankers in the classrooms, but students don't always react well to strangers in the classrooms, so we started reaching out to teachers," Lange said. "That way, these subjects like understanding credit, and understanding what a debit card does, the teachers could convey more easily to the students."
"They take things for granted," Masso said. "But when they're on their own, they're going to want their own house, and insurance and other things that go with it. Their vision is very limited and I want to try to open it up, and that's why a good education is going to help you get those things."
Masso added that he learned a great deal about credit scores at the six-hour event.
"To some people, it's OK to turn in late assignments and it's OK if they arrive to class late," Rios said. "They're going into the world with that mentality, 'I can make a late payment and everything's going to be OK.' But it's not. It's screwing up their credit."
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