Teacher or Financial Advisor: Who Should Teach Financial Literacy to Schools?

Teacher or Financial Advisor: Who Should Teach Financial Literacy to Schools?

Do we need to hire professionals outside the school?

We’ve all experienced sitting in a chair where there’s someone on front teaching us the value of X in an equation but how do we know if that person is credible to teach us the value of X in life.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian proposed to include financial literacy to Senior High School Curriculum after followers of Kapa Ministry International in Davao were allegedly defrauded of up to P50 billion. This is good news to reduce victims of scams and improve the quality of life through proper money management. However, how do we make teaching effective? Who will teach financial literacy to them, is it the licensed teacher or licensed financial advisor?

Teaching skills is one of the qualities an instructor should possess. This includes knowledge in saving, budgeting, investments, income protection, and business. But none of these matters if one doesn’t know how to deal with diverse student and making sure that every student is engaged in a discussion.

Most people will talk the talk, few will walk the walk; be amongst those few

Steve Maraboli

Walk the talk. It will be difficult for students to learn financial literacy if a teacher doesn’t apply what he preaches. Having an impressive net worth based on their Statement of Assets and Liabilities should be a requirement.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what license or title one has. Someone who has read 1000 books about finance may be knowledgable than someone who took 3-day seminar. On the other hand, an undergraduate who’s wealthy is possibly more capable than a financial advisor or a teacher who are broke. The most important thing is that teaching should effective that students can apply to achieve their dreams.

What do you think is the best quality of a financial literacy subject teacher?

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He is a licensed financial coach, licensed professional teacher, and an optimist hoping that every Filipino will be financially free.

Armand A. Mañibo, LPT

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