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Treasurer talks money on ‘Conversations’ show

By Hannah Simpson
Senior Staff Writer

Richard Moore, the N.C. State Treasurer, appeared on “UNCP Conversations” on Nov. 21 to discuss finances and his plans to bring financial education into the curriculum.            

Dean of the School of Education Zoe Locklear, right, interviews N.C. State Treasurer Richard Moore about financial issues.

Photo by Hannah  Simpson
Dean of the School of Education Zoe Locklear, right, interviews N.C. State Treasurer Richard Moore about financial issues.

“I have been on a crusade,” Moore said. He said that it “doesn’t make much sense that we spend a lot of money teaching kids how to get a job” when they also need to learn how to manage their money.       

Moore said that the public school system should teach students how to manage money.

He said that “the bottom line is that we’re going to have more people in K-12 in the next 10 years than ever before.      

Moore said that he hopes to work financial concepts into the everyday curriculum of K-12 schools.

He said that conception of finances are learned in the home, which should not be the only place it is taught.            

When asked how he would define “financial literacy,” Moore said that it is understanding what credit is and how to calculate basic necessities such as tips.       

Moore also said that last year, more students left college because of bad credit than bad grades.

When asked how he would implement his plans to bring financial education into the schools, he replied that tuition assistance was his first goal.            

Moore said that the North Carolina government must provide the best education it can afford, not just financially, but spiritually and morally as well.

Moore also spoke to seniors at Lumberton High School and met with members of the Lumberton Rotary Club earlier that same day.            

“UNCP Conversations” is a production of WNCP-TV and was hosted by Zoe Locklear, dean of the School of Education.

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