Instruction in reading, writing and math have long been the core mandates for education in Wisconsin’s public schools — as they should be.
But life skills are important, too, and the Wisconsin Legislature is getting set to add a new mandate that would require instruction in all schools to help students grasp basic personal finance concepts. The instruction would be aimed at teaching students how to handle money, understand credit, budgeting and compound interest.
That’s not to say that some schools — most schools in the state in fact — already provide such instruction to students in high school or even before that.
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