"I just wanted to say thanks for creating such an amazing tool. I love what I can teach my students through the RWC, it makes money management so much more meaningful. It thrills me to see what my students learned about paying bills, saving money, and maintaining a good credit score as they did all of the cool things the RWC had to offer. I know that my students are better off because of their experience this semester using the simulation.
To be honest, I am so mad that I didn't use the RWC last year, and it almost makes me wish I was teaching longer so I could use the program more. It is a game changer in Financial Literacy.”
Neil Wakefield, Orem High School Financial Literacy Teacher and CTE Coordinator, Utah
"There are many things that I love about the RWC curriculum. I love how it fits into the classroom on my terms. I still teach my content at my pace, and RWC fits in as a supplemental learning tool that engages the students. Additionally, RWC reinforces the things I teach with experiential learning. Students have the opportunity to apply what I have taught with real consequences attached to their actions.
One of the greatest challenges that I face teaching Financial Literacy is connecting students to the content. Students know that the things I am teaching are important and relevant, but they feel that the application of what they are learning is still very far off in their lives. RWC connects students with the content in a big way. Students have to apply the lessons they learn in class to do things such as budget, manage a credit card or create an emergency fund.
As a teacher, my greatest fear is that my failures in the classroom will not prepare students for what is coming their way in terms of personal finance. I truly feel that RWC helps make up for any deficiencies that I may have a teacher. By using the RWC program, students learn lessons that prepare them for the real world."
Kirk Chambers, Provo High School Financial Literacy Teacher, Utah
"RWC is making a bigger impact on my students than I ever would have imagined. This is what they are talking about at home and in the halls. Students are actively making real-world decisions. They are asking better, more relevant questions. They are having meaningful conversations with their parents about the decisions they are making in Financial Literacy. And the biggest bonus...this has made teaching Financial Literacy fun for me again!”
Shanae Butler, Emery High School Financial Literacy Teacher, Utah
“The Real-World Classroom gives students regular opportunities to make individual decisions with consequences that affect them. I have seen the proverbial light bulb go on. They "feel" how much it costs to get an apartment. They "see" how a buying a car and taking on total ownership costs decreases their discretionary income. They "experience" the importance of an emergency fund when they have to pay for an unanticipated car repair. After seven weeks, rather than simply memorize definitions of scarcity and trade-off, my students know what those economic concepts feel like. Now, using the RWC, I'm confident that my students are no longer just learning finance; they are experiencing finance!”
Jason Bartholomew, Nansemond River High School Personal Finance Teacher, Virginia
“The Real-World Classroom has bridged the gap of parenting by helping students understand the reality of finances, investing, and maturity without their parents having to nag and beg. Every student needs to have this course before they accumulate debt and regrets.”
Tina Dealy, Parent, Texas
“This class was one of the most informative and life-changing opportunity I ever had. I learned in two semesters what some people never learn in their entire life. I can honestly say I feel more prepared for the working world than I’ve ever been. If every person had this kind of opportunity, we’d all be better off. Real-world financial education without the risk!”
Levi Swang, Student, Texas
“The Real-World Classroom provides the most real-life application of any course my son has taken in high school. Learning finance and investment principles are key for any student coming out of school to help them prepare for the next phase in life. The creative delivery and inclusion of “life happens” moments ensure the students see how their decisions impact their financial welfare, but also things come up you just can’t control, and you have to change plans. Love the class and love the concept…again the real-life application is the best part.”
Greg Chinn, Parent, Texas
“While students have the opportunity to leave high school with a wide range of knowledge and skills, an understanding of personal finance is one area rarely addressed through the traditional high school curriculum. The Real-World Classroom allows students to truly understand the responsibilities of being an adult through a simulated environment. I believe every student should have the opportunity to take this class before graduating high school.”
Lashelle Nix, High School Counselor, Texas