Economic literacy is key to financial freedom

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As a 12th grade teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello High School, I can attest that many of my students work harder than most people I know. My students come to school every day and then work long hours after they finish their classes. Over 80% of my students are recent immigrants and English is their second language, so they must learn a new language and new cultural norms in addition to their other school and personal responsibilities. The socio-economic level of many of my students creates an urgent need for economic literacy. For my young students, financial education is the crucial steppingstone they need to future financial freedom and stability for themselves and future generations.My biggest motivation as a teacher has become giving my students social and economic mobility. I have always implemented economic concepts into my civics classes, but I was thrilled when Personal Financial Literacy was added to Montbello’s curriculum last year and I was asked to lead the program. I believe economic literacy is necessary for my students to make informed decisions for their lives, and it has become a privilege for me to work with them on financial education. Many Montbello …

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