I have an all Latino male class of 8th and 7th graders. The majority of these students come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds and take public transportation to get to school. They are enrolled in an elective class called, Encuentros, Spanish for "encounters."
These students deserve a quality education, and to be taught life skills that will help them for college or career after high school.
The class teaches leadership and instills in students the positives about being a successful Latino male.
After learning about what it takes to be successful, positive mindset, love for oneself, goal and action orientation, learning to love learning, and more, my students are now ready to learn how to manage money. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki provides the foundation to learning about how money works. These copies will be used in class as our anchor text, and as a place from which to do other activities such as presentations and projects.
Financial illiteracy impacts ethnic minorities in this country disproportionately, so let's do something about this!
If students decide not to attend college, or if they don't initially meet the requirements to do so, let's at least prepare them to be responsible with their money and credit. It's the least we can do as educators!
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