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Banking on Our Future: Kids and Financial Literacy


2012 Academic Festival

2012 Academic Festival

With the soaring national debt and federal budget deficit, enthusiasm for ensuring that young people are financially literate has never been stronger.

This Academic Festival panel featured Ramon Gonzalez , founding principal of New York City Middle School 223 (the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology), a current TC doctoral student and former TC Cahn Fellow who has been featured in The New York Times Magazine for his innovative efforts to teach students financial self-reliance; Alice Wilder (Ed. D. ’98), developer of the hit children’s television show “Blue’s Clues,” and now producer of Cha-Chin Money Smart Kids, an animated children’s financial literacy “edutainment” show for Cartoon Network Asia; and Anand Marri, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education, and director of the TC team that developed Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a high school social studies curriculum about the national debt and federal budget deficit. The panel was moderated by Pola Rosen (Ed. D. ‘80), founding publisher of Education Update and a former Professor of Special Education at CUNY.

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