Teachers, do not overlook teaching your students how to write checksWritten by Timothy Liptrap
The stock market is in a downturn, corporations are laying off workers, public companies are collapsing and federal law makers want next generation of students to understand how to manage their money.
A subject that was once kept in home is being moved to school systems because teaching of financial education in home is failing. In 2002, 75% of graduating high school seniors could not answer basic financial concepts. To solve problem, teachers at all levels are being asked or pressured to include lessons on subjects such as credit, debt, money management and investments.
A simple, but yet effective money management lesson is to teach children how to write checks and balance a checkbook. It may not be as glamorous as teaching stocks or mutual funds, but will provide practical experience for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. In a recent study, 87% of US adult population or 172 million people use a checking account to pay bills. In today's world, it may seem that concept of using paper checks to pay bills is falling to wayside with onset of ATM / debit cards, direct deposit and electronic funds transfers (EFT). Do not be fooled. The Federal Reserve Bank is predicting to process 50 billion paper checks in 2003. The Nilson Report also states that volume of paper checks will rise between 2% - 4% each year, through 2020.
Creative Kids Make Intelligent AdultsWritten by Alberta Johnson
Creative Kids Make Intelligent Adults: A Must in Business World by Alberta S. Johnson http://www.k6artlessonplans.com
Over and over, research shows that kids who receive art lessons while they are young become more imaginative and creative adults. As you may know, creativity is an essential part of intelligence, and is often used as a gauge for measuring IQ.
With increasing demands being placed upon schools, teachers, and youth groups to educate our kids in three R's, education in arts has begun to suffer in many areas of country in favor of "more important" or "more practical" subjects.
What people need to understand is that art education in schools IS important, and in fact essential to form well-rounded adults. In business world, for example, people who are creative are much more likely to find success. Creativity allows for innovation, a vital characteristic in today's business executive. To stay ahead of game, for example, a business must be able to initiate and adapt to change. Both of these things are impossible without creativity, which is best learned at an early age.
Any successful business starts with an idea, and a good idea is innovative, different, and creative. It speaks to a certain audience and makes people stand up and take notice. If you lack creativity to come up with such an idea, you're not likely to do very well.