Mayo High School freshman campaigns to get financial literacy into Minnesota’s education standards – Post Bulletin

Mayo High School freshman campaigns to get financial literacy into Minnesota’s education standards – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — Tej Bhagra was continue to in middle college when he begun using a course about economic marketplaces, but it wasn’t at his school. He sought it out.

Now a Mayo Significant School freshman, Bhagra is lobbying the condition Legislature to integrate money literacy into the state schooling standards. He is been working with his personal study of Rochester’s youth to make his circumstance, which involved the approach of surveying much more than 3,000 of his peers.

“I enrolled in an on-line study course, The Mathematics of Risky Marketplaces, to improve my understanding of shares, pyramid schemes, intricate formulas and how the circulation of income operates inside markets,” Bhagra, now 15, wrote in a four-web site summary of his study. “It struck me that I was the only student from the Midwest, and boys outnumbered ladies 4 to 1.”

Getting that course led Bhagra to examine the stage of economic recognition between learners like himself. He created an first survey about fiscal literacy amongst learners for a science job when he was in center university.

He later expanded the study, which led him to the opportunity of testifying about his effects in advance of the K-12 Instruction Finance Committee of the Minnesota of Reps on Thursday, March 23.

According to his benefits, only just one out of 4 pupils have taken a economic course, but two-thirds of those people who haven’t showed a “strong drive” to do so. He more described that four out of 5 learners want money education and learning.

Bhagra’s exploration showed that student’s also have a absence of awareness about fiscal issues that instantly have an impact on them. In his presentation to the schooling finance committee, he described that “almost 80% of respondents had been unaware of the desire premiums in their discounts accounts even while a bulk (70%) had a savings account.”

And still, students’ consciousness of cryptocurrency was higher, even if the real ownership of crypocurrency was significantly less than 5%.

“Having said that, considering the young age of the study inhabitants, this is a extraordinary statistic demonstrating how impressionable young people today can acquire speculative assets that are highly risky,” Bhagra wrote in the summary of his results.


Tej Bhagra speaks at the K-12 Schooling Finance Committee at the Minnesota House of Reps, Thursday, March 23, 2023.


While Bhagra could be special amongst his friends in his campaign for economical literacy, his exploration arrives in the wake of other folks during the point out who have been advocates on the difficulty as properly.

In the method of speaking right before the Instruction Finance Committee, Bhagra connected with Julie Bunn, executive director of the Minnesota Council on Economic Training.

“I was very amazed with his methodology,” mentioned Bunn, who is a former legislator herself and holds a doctorate in economics. “And the layout of his review, and the thoroughness and carefulness of his study for another person as younger as him, significantly when he began it.”

Bunn is associated with the Fiscal Literacy Coalition of Minnesota, which incorporates a extensive range of voices, like Bhagra’s, advocating on the challenge. In accordance to the coalition, “only 7% of Minnesota higher faculty pupils are confirmed to consider a own finance program of at least a single semester prior to graduation.” The coalition also noted that “graduates of higher faculties with certain money education are 21% fewer very likely to have a equilibrium on a credit card though in college or university.”

Bhagra could have taken a class on finances although in middle school, but he was prompted to do so by listening to his father communicate about finance. He was lucky to have that voice at house mentoring him on the issue.

He realizes not every single university student has that guiding voice in their life.

“You can find this argument that mothers and fathers need to teach money literacy to their kids at household,” Bhagra explained to the Article Bulletin. “But if moms and dads you should not have their personal financial literacy, how will they educate it to their kids?”

Tej Bhagra

Tej Bhagra, who is in ninth grade at Mayo Substantial School, is advocating for much more education about financial literacy in Minnesota educational institutions. Tej is pictured on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Rochester.

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Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers K-12 education for the Post Bulletin. A Rochester indigenous, he graduated from Bemidji Condition University in 2013 just before heading out to compose for a tiny newsroom in the boonies of western Nebraska. Bringing matters comprehensive circle, he returned to Rochester in 2020 just shy of a ten years soon after leaving. Visitors can attain Jordan at 507-285-7710 or [email protected].