In Virginia and Maryland schools, personal finance courses are becoming mandatory, but will these new classes make teens more responsible ?
Marshall High School freshman Sanam Analouei, 14, is a student in the Fairfax County school’s personal finance and economics class. “I realized how much I’m worth every month,” she says. “And in a family of four, that’s a lot.” The recession has made many students aware of financial concerns, but there have been few tools to make students more financially responsible. In September, Virginia implemented a mandatory class in personal finance and economics for all incoming freshmen. Maryland has adopted an “integrated” approach to teaching these subjects, folding them into social studies and math.Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST