Curriculum


“It doesn’t matter how much money you have, but the decisions you make with it.”

By Isaak Brown, Instructor  Most adults I know who’ve achieved some level of financial competency repeat one refrain over and over: I wish I had known this information when I was younger. But teenagers who are given financial information that has no current relevance to their lives have a reply […]


Game Theory students have ‘the talk’ with their parents about credit

By Jasper Smith, GTA Instructor   I thoroughly enjoy teaching the students about money and predatory financial products because I know that our formal education system doesn’t teach such lessons. It’s not uncommon that many of my students don’t have a bank account and also happen to know someone (generally a close […]


Real-time learning: the decision to cash a check sinks in

By Nan Howard, GTA Instructor The students in my fall class were more skeptical than most, as more than half were foster youth or involved in the juvenile justice system. On the first day, when I introduced the premise that money is not about numbers, but about decisions, a few […]


Delayed Gratification & Juvenile Justice

By Jasper Smith, GTA Instructor When I visit the Juvenile Justice Center (aka juvenile hall) I always make it a point to always wear a suit and tie, as I’m sure most of the young men there don’t typically see a young African-American male wearing a suit and speaking professionally. Of course I won’t […]