Students should be given financial literacy courses



By Liam Marlaire

A phrase often heard from those beyond their school years is that lessons learned in a certain college or high school class don’t apply to the “real world.”

Personal financial literacy courses, however, certainly do. Nevertheless about a third of Wisconsin public high schools don’t require a PFL class to graduate, according to the state Department of Financial Institutions.

“People who are adept at making informed decisions about their finances are better able to survive in the ever-changing world of financial services,” said DFI Secretary Lon Roberts in a recent op/ed piece. “By arming people with the proper information about financial matters, we empower them to achieve true independence.”

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