Citizenship education, the economy and the next twenty years

In this video Robert Geddis, of our Paying For It programme, suggests that young people “need to learn about the forces that are changing society today”, such as the economy and its relationship to the taxpayer.

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2 thoughts on “Citizenship education, the economy and the next twenty years

  1. Being an effective political citizen requires an understanding of the institutions beyond Parliament that exert influence in society and so it’s not enough to teach young people how to balance their bank accounts – we need to also educate them about responsible finance in a social sense. When the credit crunch kicked in last year, we were exposed, as a society, for having poor financial literacy and we’ve certainly been paying the price ever since. Indeed, tax, the world of finance and debt are quite complicated topics that adults struggle to grasp – but this is all the more reason to reach out to young people in a relevant, engaging way using programmes like Paying For It.

  2. I believe that the recent economic crisis serves to demonstrate that the health of the economy has a profound effect on the lives of us all. And despite this most of us experience the economy as something that happens to us rather than something we are an integral part of.

    And so I feel that personal finance, as necessary as it is to promote confidence and well being, is not sufficient to equip students with a deeper understanding of economics. The understanding of the economic forces that are changing our world comes from enabling people with the skills to assess and participate in the wider decision making within economic affairs.

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