Investing in Economics and Financial Literacy for Colorado Students is Smart for Business
Welcome to Economic Literacy Colorado where Economics and Personal Finance concepts come to life! We educate teachers in Economics and Personal Finance so they can incorporate these critical skills into any curriculum they teach.
Did you know that Colorado does not require students take an economics or personal finance class to graduate? That is where we come in.
Below you will find videos and other resources in economics and personal financial literacy. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved with Economic Literacy Colorado, 303-752-2323, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy, using national data, has graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on their efforts to produce financially literate high school graduates. What the grading shows is that we have a long way to go before we are a financially literate nation.
This biennial study gives a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States. This report serves as an important benchmark for our progress, revealing both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.
According to the survey, people in their 20s and 30s are having trouble “adulting,” or achieving financial independence. Conducted by Bank of America and USA Today, the report says less than half of the 22-26-year-olds surveyed pay their own rent (47%), health insurance (41%), or contribute to a retirement account (27%).
Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) research report finds that only 1 in 6 high school students nationwide required to take personal finance course to graduate.
ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
K-8 students are invited to illustrate an economic or financial concept, suitable for publication as the “picture of the month” on a wall calendar. Contest for Colorado students only, cash prizes awarded to winning students.
Comic book children's story about the introduction of colored flowers into a town that has never seen color. Designed to stimulate students' imagination as they explore the economic problem of scarce resources, various methods of allocation, and how societies react to alleviate such problems.
Test your own economic literacy with these 20 questions. Then view results to see how you rank against everyone else who has taken the quiz.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Opportunity for community members to contribute to the future of Colorado students, grades 3-12, who are actively participating in the Stock Market Experience.
PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY VIDEO SERIES
This video series is a great way to learn the fundamentals of finance and economics. It is a great source for films and ideas that will help you make better decisions with money and in life.
Most of us think that personal financial literacy is about managing money effectively. This film shows how PFL is really about making decisions - good decisions - that enhance outcomes throughout life. This series shows how it is never to early to start making good decisions.
Think of the economy as a raging river. Are you a skilled water athlete or are you floating haphazardly in an inner tube. This powerful metaphor introduces the importance of personal financial literacy when navigating the raging waters of the economy.
The Man Who Lived Without Money is the story of Nathan, the last mountain man. He had no money, paid no bills, no credit cards. He lived outside of our modern economics system and survived by hunting, fishing, and bartering. His story illuminates the power and importance of finance.
Scarcity affects every decision we make and is one of the fundamental concepts in economics and finance.
Scarcity doesn't just happen today. Scarcity is the result of decisions we've made in the past that affect us across time. Using a time machine we look at how decisions in the past affect our present and our future.
Skiing is perhaps the most expensive sport and yet the costs are not just equipment, lift tickets, transport, and accommodation. The opportunity cost of skiing is also the other ways in which you could have used your time.
Dr. Katie Sauer explains opportunity cost with a personal example in which she had to choose between careers as an economist or as a professional dancer.
In some decisions we weigh the total cost. In others we only consider the marginal cost. Air travel and college tuition provide two examples of marginal decisions.
Markets take many forms from places where people buy fruits and vegetables to online markets for goods and services. There are also markets for labor.
What is money? Why do we have faith that money is real but we're not sure if a diamond is fake? We travel to a remote island to explore the concept of money.
Supply and demand are tricky concepts. Grandma Jones explains.
Dr Katie Sauer explores prices in a market and explains the Law of Supply.
A brief look at taxation.
Understanding how markets work, understanding supply and demand, are essential to making sense of the world we navigate each day. If children understand how markets work then they're on their way to making better decisions as consumers and in life.
Perhaps the most important concept that even the youngest children can learn is that we create value through our labor. Our wage is that value which can be exchanged for the goods and services we desire.
What determines someone's income. This is explored while also explaining averages - the difference between mean, median, and mode - and how these different averages help us understand average incomes.
Within our economy there are many different jobs requiring different abilities, skills, and knowledge. There are three factors that affect how much we earn. One is what economists call human capital.
Sometimes human capital is difficult to define. Entrepreneurs are risk takers who may or may not earn high incomes. Their human capital sometimes comes from the most unusual places. In this film a tech-startup reveals how game-play and hacking can form human capital.
The value of human capital always comes with a cost. Becoming good at one thing means that time cannot be used to learn something else. Being good at teaching means you may have to forego a career as a hairdresser.
Building human capital comes with an opportunity cost. However, there are also benefits our society as well as ourselves.
Another factor that influences your income from working is the state of the economy. In good economic times, jobs are easier to come by, even without human capital. And in tough economic times, jobs are tougher to come by, even with human capital.
Most people think of markets as places where goods and services are sold. In fact, there are markets for most things including our labor where our human capital is offered to employers.
As the structure of the economy changes, so are the professions that are “in demand,” and those that are in decline.
There is a negative relationship between the quantity of labor demanded and the cost. The higher the cost the lower the quantity demanded. Many industries, including agriculture, are turning to robots to reduce labor costs.
Supply, demand, and the opportunity cost of building human capital are important concepts. Children can use these ideas to shape their dreams, make better choices, and empower themselves to become successful entrepreneurs, artist, farmers, musicians, teachers, astronauts, or whatever they choose in life.
Many people think that when you save money in the bank it stops. Actually, the bank puts that money back in circulation so it never stops moving. Amanda, a young entrepreneur discovers how other people use the money she' saved.
In the broadest sense of the definition, savings is what a person has left over after paying taxes and buying goods and services. The act of saving generally implies that an individual is storing their funds for future use.
Savings accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit explained.
Retail banks, savings banks, credit unions, commercial banks, central banks...
Supply and Demand for funds affects the rate of interest that you're likely to receive on savings.
Saving is the engine of our modern financial system.Your savings are busy building bridges and schools, financing companies, helping people buy houses, facilitating trades and generally powering the economy.
Credit is more than just borrowing against future earnings. When used wisely, credit can actually increase our future earnings.
Credit has the power to lift people out of poverty. Nowhere is this more powerfully seen than in microloan programs run by NGOs in developing nations.
Starting a business is nearly impossible without credit. The founders of Orbotix began with a small loan from family and soon attracted the support of venture capitalists to create a robotic ball.
Credit, if used wisely, can create future opportunity. In this example credit allows an individual to purchase a home. Without credit this would have been impossible.
Farming is nearly impossible without credit. Farmers require capital equipment and operating loans to survive between seed planting and harvest. But with all credit there is risk.
What is the opportunity cost of buying nice clothes with a credit card? You'll have to forego buying even more goods in the future.
Updated. The Federal Reserve is the US’s central bank and that their job is to adjust the amount of money in the economy and to oversee the banking system. One aspect of this job involves setting economy-wide interest rates.
Understanding risk is essential to making good decisions and it's an important part of personal financial literacy. So, in order to make better decisions we need to understand just how bad we are at assessing risk.
We all participate in this financial system one way or another. If we have savings in a bank our money is active in the financial system. If we borrow money to buy a house, car, or through credit cards, we're making use of this system. This segment examines financial intermediaries and markets.
The price of a stock generally reflects the perception of a firm’s future profitability. There are three basic theories about the “perception” of future profitability: fundamental analysis, efficient markets hypothesis, and market irrationality
There are other ways to buy into companies. You could start your own company. In that case you'd own the whole thing.You can also invest in start-up companies.
When you earn interest on a bond or a dividend on a stock, you’re going to have to pay some taxes.
The more you know about our financial and economic systems the more confident you are in making choices about risk and return. Choice is what it's all about.
Insurance can provide protection from some financial risks and compensation for some loss. A devastating fire in Boulder County consumed 176 homes leaving many families under-insured.
Katie Sauer explains different factors affecting insurance rates.
There are many different types of life insurance. Term-life and permanent-life insurance are explained here.
Insurance comes with an opportunity cost. Therefore, decisions to purchase insurance must be made carefully and thoughtfully.
Elementary school teachers explain why personal financial literacy is probably the most exciting, interesting and empowering curriculum you'll ever teach.