Financial Friends Books

Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap

Empowering teachers to support the next generation


The wealth gap in the United States is threatening Americans’
aspirations for social advancement and equal opportunity. Minorities,
women and the least educated have some of the lowest financial
literacy rates in the nation, a major concern for businesses that see
attracting a more diverse workforce as a business imperative.

Our nation’s teachers are critical to helping curb the gap
in financial education. While the responsibility of financial
education has traditionally been left to parents and guardians, K-12
educators increasingly view it as a shared responsibility that schools
can and should take on, starting in the early grades. Educators see
the value of teaching students to budget, prepare for the future and
become better financial decision makers. But educators need more
support to adequately teach these skills.

“Overall, very few teachers incorporate financial education into their classrooms.  While 92% of K-12 educators surveyed nationwide believe financial education should be taught in schools, only 12% do so.”  (see PWC Study)

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