Every generation faces a unique set of challenges that it must confront and overcome in the continuing effort to provide for the well being of their citizens. For today's generation of students, one of their greatest challenges will be the variability of economic change and the degree of complexity created by a growing, interconnected world.
There are many things that we can do to prepare our students to meet these challenges. Most fundamentally, we need to develop a strong foundation in the three R's - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Reading and writing are absolutely essential. They are the keys to obtaining knowledge and communicating information. Arithmetic, or Mathematics, provides a structure for viewing the world through a logic-based lens. It teaches us how to think about data, interpret the information around us in an unbiased manner, and make informed choices using concrete measurements.
Beyond these basics, economic literacy has become an equally important foundation for students to successfully navigate the challenges of their generation. Economics combines the communication skills developed through reading and writing along with the analytical skills of mathematics to empower students with the competencies required to grow the economy and address the well being of our citizens.
The Nebraska Council on Economic Education, together with its many partners, is dedicated to ensuring that every child in Nebraska receives an education that empowers through economics.
Thank you for taking a moment to read our annual report. In its pages you find examples of how the Council is making economic literacy a reality in Nebraska.
Mark Winkler, Executive Chair
Nebraska Council on Economic Education
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