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What’s Trending on the NGPF Blog?

Here are the top 5 posts from January:

  1. Question: How Much Does It Cost To Raise a Child Born in 2015?
  2. Chart: How Does the Typical American Household Spend Their Money (and How Has It Changed Over Time)?
  3. Videos: 4 Simple Rules of Investing from Marginal Revolution University
  4. Videos: What Was Considered Good Financial Advice in the 1940s and 1950s?
  5. Chart: How Strong Are Americans Problem-Solving Skills Using a Computer?

We saw the popularity of #1 (it was 3X more popular than #2) and created a Question of the Day so educators could use it to engage their students. This is a great example of how we use the research that goes into writing daily blog posts to inform our curriculum to ensure that we stay relevant and current. The Marginal Revolution University videos (#3) are a new source that I came across during my travels to Rhode Island in December. I will be reviewing more of those in the weeks ahead.

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By |February 9th, 2017|Budgeting, Career, Chart of the Week, Investing, Video Resource|

Interactive: How Much Have Incomes Changed for Specific Jobs Over the Past 50 Years?

Interesting interactive from Flowing Data demonstrating how income in various occupational categories has changed since 1960. Here’s what income distribution looked like in 1960 for several occupations (more occupations included on the website):

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Student can click on the SELECT YEAR button and see how these income distributions change over time.

Questions for your students (be sure they go to the interactive to answer the questions):

By |February 8th, 2017|Career, Chart of the Week, Interactive, Question of the Day, Research|

Question: What Regions of the Country Have The Most Upward Mobility?

The Equality of Opportunity Project released a vast trove of data last Wednesday focused, as its name suggests, on identifying characteristics in communities that foster upward mobility. In looking at over 700 metro and rural areas in the U.S., the researchers defined upward mobility in terms of a children’s chances of reaching the top 20% in income distribution given parents in the bottom 20%.

Here’s the results from crunching lots of data (note the legend that indicates lighter areas as having more upward mobility):

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  • An obvious question when one looks at a map like this is “what factors drive upward mobility?” Here’s what the researchers found:
By |January 22nd, 2017|Career, Current Events, Policy, Question of the Day, Research|

Chart: How Strong Are American’s Problem-Solving Skills Using A Computer?

From Economist:

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Answer: Meh (or about average for OECD countries with about 33% of adults classified in the “High” category).

This Economist article focused on the need for retraining of low-skilled workers as the pace of automation accelerates and many of their jobs go the way of the buggy whip. As for how to accomplish this, Singapore has a promising example:

By |January 16th, 2017|Article, Career, Chart of the Week, Current Events, Policy, Research|

Question: Who’s Saving For Retirement?

I had the Honorable John Ninfo on my podcast recently who described his “Scared Straight approach” to teaching young people about the perils of credit. He saw the consequences in the decades he served as a Bankruptcy Court judge in the state of New York. After looking at this infographic from the WSJ and the accompanying article, the overwhelming evidence is that we should be employing similar scare tactics to the topic of retirement planning because we better hope that the next generation is better prepared for taking on this responsibility:

Charles Kafoglis, NGPF Fellow, explains his school’s unique perspective on fin lit

Two in one week! A second NGPF Fellow, Charles Kafoglis, has submitted a guest blog spot, and we’re happy to have it. Charles is a teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Houston, TX — Incarnate Word Academy — and they’ve got a really unique leadership model that weaves throughout their entire school culture and course curricula. Charles shares that outlook, as it pertains to the personal finance class he teaches, as well as two interesting videos, in the guest post below:

Question: What Role Should Work Play In Your Lives?

A great question for your students to ponder before diving into your Career unit. The impetus for this question came from a story I heard on the Marketplace podcast:

While listening, ask your students to listen:

Question: What’s the Key to Doing Well In A Job Interview?

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Answer: Small talk.

From the Independent:

By |December 1st, 2016|Career, Current Events, Question of the Day, Research|