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Investing Blog Roundup: Rethinking Financial Education

There’s a common refrain about personal finance: “We need to teach this in high school!”

If you studied a foreign language in high school, but you do not speak it regularly in your personal or professional life, how much of it do you still know? How would you fare in a conversation?

In a discussion with Christine Benz and Jeffrey Ptak of Morningstar, John Lynch of University of Colorado Boulder points out that personal finance knowledge is like any other knowledge — if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Information about making a cost-conscious college decision would surely be beneficial to high school students, because they can use it right away. Teaching students how to create and use a budget could also be useful. Information about mutual funds or about the different types of mortgages, on the other hand, is likely to be forgotten by the time it becomes relevant.

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