Being a child of the 1970s I am your typical Gen-X born and raised in the U.S. with my share of vivid childhood memories. One of those memories which jumped into my head recently was the animated series called Schoolhouse Rock! These were short subjects that aired on Saturday mornings (during cartoon hours) that covered many different subjects from grammar to science to economics and even civics. If you were a kid in the 1970s you know what I’m talking about. “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” anyone? These animated shorts were even mentioned and satirized in other popular Gen-X shows and movies such as “Family Guy” and “Reality Bites” (1994).
Why am I bringing this up today? Well, it seems that the series continued well past my childhood years and has expanded into other subjects we, as passive income earners, might also find interesting for ourselves and potentially as a tool to teach our children. Some subjects we might find interesting include a basic explanation of the stock market, budgeting and interest. You can see these short videos below.
Interest and Loans
There are many more great videos available on other financial topics such as taxes, bills and expenses and the national debt to name a few. I’m happy to have stumbled upon these animated shorts as they will come in handy in teaching baby DivHut down the road. I plan to show him these cartoons once he’s a little older. Of course, these videos can be very interesting for adults as well.
Do any of you remember the Schoolhouse Rock! series from your childhood? What are some of your methods for teaching the next generation about finance? Please share below.