Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"The Fourth R" - The Real World

I recently took part in a conference call hosted by Robert Duvall and the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) announcing their "Report Card – Survey of the States: Economic, Personal Finance, and Entrepreneurship Education in Our Nation's Schools in 2007." The upshot? Kids are not learning what Mr. Duvall referred to as the "The Fourth R - 'The Real World'" The report notes that "the majority of students aren't receiving the essential real-life economic skills they need to become knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and investors, and productive members of the workforce." It's this fourth R that is arguably as important as the other three (you remember, Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic). It's so exciting to be a part of those on the vanguard of getting this most important message out - particularly to very young children - so that we can help cement behaviors that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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