I may have been drafted into coaching soccer, but I volunteered to teach a Junior Achievement course at the local middle school. The opportunity came up through work, where they list such service opportunities in the weekly newsletter. I happened to be glancing through and saw that they needed someone at the local middle school where my daughter will be attending next year. I figured this would be a good chance to do some advance recon.
But it turns out that the course itself is right up my alley, and pretty solid stuff, too. The over-all focus is a bit scattered, other than all being under the same umbrella of “life skills”. It covers such topics as self-knowledge and career choices, the importance of education, budgeting and opportunity costs, smart shopping and the cost of credit, credit scores, and mitigating financial risk (ie. insurance). This is all good stuff, though any one topic could practically be a course on its own. But this will at least get the kids thinking, hopefully. I could have used some better thinking at that point in my life.
Today is my first class of four. I’m looking forward to it, but I can’t say I have a lot of experience with that age group. This could be interesting.