As financial literacy advocates push for more personal finance education in schools, students are also joining the cause.
Only 21 states require personal finance coursework to graduate high school, with just a handful mandating a stand-alone class, according to the Council for Economic Education. Yet research shows that those who have some financial education typically have lower credit card balances, higher credit scores and take out smaller private loans for college.
“The economy has been fluctuating up and down,” said 15-year-old Zoe McCall. “We need to know these things.”
The high school sophomore lives in Maryland, one of the states