Sep 15, 2017

NGPF Podcast: Back To School Special With Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (Reading, OH)

It's our back to school special with Brian Page, educator at Reading High School in Reading, Ohio. It's becoming a rite of passage on the NGPF podcast with Brian making his third appearance to discuss his summer activities (he did some great advocacy work for us) and the new honors course he developed. He shares some of his favorite activities and how a new book has made him rethink how personal finance should be taught. Oh, and listen closely to hear how a cologne purchase brought happiness to his life.  Enjoy!
  • 0:00~1:43 - Introduction
  • 1:43~2:37 - Brian's summer activities (never a dull moment!)
  • 2:37~5:23 - Advocating for personal finance education 
  • 5:23~9:06 - Why personal finance is not yet to be a requirement (we are trying to change that!)
  • 9:06~11:22 - Effective advocacy for financial education
  • 11:22~12:45 - Other summer activities
  • 12:48~15:18 - Special education and personal finance
  • 15:18~20:53 - Spending money 
  • 20:53~22:16 - Development of new year-long honor's course
  • 22:16~28:14 - Books he recommends for his students
  • 28:14~31:14 - The weekly blog that his students post on
  • 31:14~31:32 - A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 31:32~42:22 - How the book, Financial Diaries, has changed his perspective on financial education
  •  42:22~46:40 - His Financial Therapist activity
  • 46:40~47:58 - Conclusion

Brian's Activities

Book Recommendations:

Notable Quotes:
  • "Book reports are easy to cheat on. If you have students do TED talks or panel discussions, they really have to know what's going on."
  • "I don't start with the standards. I start with what I see is what the most relevant topic is for my students."

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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