Personal finance and economics join Douglas Schools curriculum

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA — As part of a House bill to overhaul how Georgia school districts teach economics and financial literacy, the Douglas County Board of Education will consider a motion to formally add a revised personal finance and economics course for the 2022-23 school year.

Douglas County School Board members heard a presentation during a Tuesday business session about the new curriculum in all Georgia schools next school year: A revised personal finance and economics course for high school students, under Bill 681.

“In addition to the fundamentals of economic decision-making, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics, students will learn personal finance skills that can be applied to their own future,” the papers state. the school board.

Students will learn skills such as managing and balancing budgets; understand and build credit; protect against identity theft and consumer protection; and understand tax forms, student loan applications and pay stubs, according to information from the state Department of Education.

Changes to social science courses are also included in course updates submitted for board review. Students will learn mapping and globe skills and information processing skills.

The board’s next steps include a deep dive into the new standards, beginning to plan and write units, and determining what resources will be needed. The board meets again for a regular meeting on March 21.

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