In fact, Representative Kim Hendren in Arkansas wants to pass a bill to make counting change an integral, mandated part of schools' curriculums. Hendren believes schools must teach students how to make change, count currency, and utilize paper money and coins for purchases.
Financial transactions now are as easy as swiping a card or clicking a mouse, and even cash registers add up the sum without requiring anyone to think through the transaction.
Young people these days simply don't have much exposure or practice when it comes to physical money. Hendren also wants to merge this bill with another one that mandates teaching personal finance -- "making change, paying your utility bills, balancing your checkbook."
These skills aren't just important to being able to buy groceries or pay bills, though. Money management is all part of very basic, practical math skills. Practicing these kinds of math skills can significantly boost learning ability. Hendren believes that some life skills should not be forgotten, and is looking to pass this bill to re-teach and integrate practical math back into the classroom.
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