On March 22nd Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1054, titled the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act, which requires high school students to take a financial literacy course to receive a standard high school diploma.
Unfortunately this doesn’t take effect until the incoming freshmen class starts in the 2023-2024 school year, but it is a huge step in the right direction. For far too long the education system has needed to change their model which has continuously led to students having knowledge of how to make a funnel cake in Home Economics and no idea how taxes work. We have students that understand how to turn on a Bunsen burner but no idea how to keep the lights on at home.
For decades, we the people have complained that there is a huge blind spot in education that has stopped preparing its students for the real world and there have been advocates that exclaim… it’s not that hard to make some small adjustments that would make a world of difference. Well, here we are, and DeSantis has made steps in creating that change.
Financial literacy is one of the many missing links to a strong financial future in this country and giving students knowledge of credit, budgeting, savings and investing will enable students to have a more well-rounded look on their future in the real world. These lessons are critical to giving students the ability to learn accountability, the power of capitalism and self-responsibility.
There was a documentary over a decade ago known as, “Waiting for Superman,” that explained the current state of education in America and the failures that were ongoing. DeSantis may not be Superman but he is taking the bull by the horns in creating the change needed so the students of Florida will start having the tools necessary that only the legislature could approve. God willing this serves as a blueprint for the nation, and states that want to adopt a forward thinking ideology not entrenched in pronouns but in life lessons that will enable today’s youth to become something greater than that of generations past.
This move aids all socioeconomic groups as it allows those that have been cursed with generational poverty to have a basic chance and education to learn what has landed them there so that they can find a way out for their family’s future. Meanwhile Florida has empowered teachers by securing one of the highest starting pay figures for teachers and securing approximately $2 billion in pay increases and bonuses in the last three years.
Thank you DeSantiClause for continuing to be a voice for the stable minded, patriotic focus, forward thinking American that wants to see America continue to flourish in ways that have been left behind for far too long.
Anthony Russo is a contributor and founding member of the Great American Syndicate. He’s a speaker and emcee who has hosted national sporting, concerts, and charity events as well as leadership conferences. Follow Anthony on Instagram at @anthonymichaelrusso
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