Our current economic condition has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that we, as a nation and as individuals, need financial education. It's an unfortunate truth that many students leave high school or college knowing the molecular weight of a carbon atom, but have no understanding of the difference between an asset and a liability. Which of these proves more useful in their day-to-day lives?
It's a no-brainer.
An important message
As a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, it is my goal and the goal of the Council to see that every student receives some form of financial education. We came closer to that goal in March with the introduction of H.R. 1325 by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee. This widely-supported bill would require every college and university receiving federal funds to provide a four-hour course on financial literacy. This course would be a requirement for every college student receiving a guaranteed student loan.