The art of spendingCollege News, Science — November 15, 2011
During what may well turn out to be the height of one of the most maddening recessions in American history, Jim Charkins is doing what he can to impart a few pennywise words to the young. It’s paid off.
The executive director of the California Council for Economic Education and a professor of economics at Cal State San Bernardino, Charkins was named in August the recipient of the national Bessie B. Moore Service Award. The honor comes from the Council for Economic Education and is awarded to someone who has made a significant impact in promoting and enhancing economic education.
“I’m proud of the Bessie Moore award, but more proud of all the teachers in California who strive in their classrooms daily to help their students use economic reasoning to survive and prosper in this very shaky economy,” Charkins said.
Charkins’ own stock in educating the young has been rising for years.
Kim Gibbs, co-director of the San Diego Center for Economic Education, called Charkins “the backbone of economic literacy and its delivery in the state of California.” She credits him for being instrumental in the adoption of state economic education standards in California, and for the approval of a mandate that all California students take an economics course to graduate from high school.
The California Council on Economic Education is headquartered at Cal State San Bernardino. It teaches students how to make informed economic and financial decisions and the “rules of the game” for the labor, product and financial markets. It does this through several educational programs such as “Moneywise Teen,” the “Capital Markets” contest and “Financial Fitness for Life.”