One teacher says that in today's mobile world it's hard to get students to understand that being financially literate means more than just looking at an online bank statement.
"Those types of things that help students become independent regarding their personal finances are what I'm trying to teach them instead of just pressing a button and getting immediate gratification of 'what's my balance' or 'what I think I'm saving," says Gibbon Public Schools teacher Debra Stroh.
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg says he's using dollars from the administrative feeds of Nebraska's college savings plan to fund a Financial Scholars program. High schools can use an interactive web-based financial teaching tool called EverFi to show kids how everyday personal finance works.
"We hope that every high school across the state of Nebraska will take advantage of this program and it's free to the school district, free to the students," says Stenberg.
EverFi's makers say 84% of undergrads wish they had more financial education, and they're glad to see more schools making sure kids don't leave high school without the basics.
"These skills are not optional for students, no matter what career you pursue, you're going to have to learn how to balance a check book, know what a savings account it, how to interact with the bank, and how interest works for and against you," says EverFi Executive Vice President Sean Fitzgerald.
Stroh says they're already using EverFi in classes at Gibbon, and believes their emphasis in technology-based learning is making the program an even greater success.
"Blended learning means that the flexibility that I was looking for when you're teaching these different concepts on how you can incorporate and keep the kids engaged, and this program really does that for us," says Stroh.
Stenberg says 17 schools will be using EverFi free of charge through their financial scholars program. Dozens more have already been using it through local sponsorships.