Sometimes teachers in (pre-) primary education have the feeling that the curriculum is overloaded . When it comes down to it there seem to be all kind of extra demands from society coming into schools. This is especially so when something is happening and nobody knows the solution to the problem. As usual, there is one societal segment which is expected to do something: schools! It is the same with:

  • bullying
  • healthy food
  • children as future (sustainable) consumers
  • jihadis
  • co-operation
  • technics
  • robotica

Schools are supposed to includes all these extra programmes into, or next to, the regular curriculum. That is not total nonsense, but at the same time teachers are asking: when?;  how much time does that cost;  will it become part of the official curriculum? How do I validate such a programme?

Sometimes an organisation or an NGO has thought about all this. One of these is Consumer Classroom, a programme to learn to become a sustainable consumer (age 12-18). The programmes are in 24 languages. I can strongly recommend to have a look at the sites and discuss this with your colleagues. It is an excellent opportunity to have your learners getting familiar with their selling behaviour.  The site is also showing under which subject you can put parts of the programme. Each subject is mentioned and they have proposals for that. An easy way to pick it up. You can also find them on Facebook. Inspiring and covering many issues for sustainability.

Gerard

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Why Teach Consumer Education?

We live in a consumer society. Consumption is an important part of our everyday life and uses up a significant proportion of our money and of our time.

Yet, for some, the term Consumer Education has a negative overtone – encouraging people to consume more. To the contrary, Consumer Education is about promoting an understanding of the structures and systems within the market. Evidence suggests that many adults are not only unaware of how their individual consumer habits can affect the economy, the environment and society, but that many are also inadequately equipped to participate effectively in the market place. Consumer Education provides the insight necessary to develop citizens into responsible and intelligent acting consumers.

Educated consumers make better choices and because of their higher expectations, there is a positive effect on competitiveness as companies improve their products and services (Fair Trading, Issue 19, 1998, p.25).

Investing in our Future

Teaching consumer education is investing in our future: it means protecting, giving confidence and enhancing the accountability of tomorrow’s consumers. The numerous consumer education themes can be tackled in almost all traditional teaching subjects and curricula. Consequently, teachers are definitely the most suitable to provide consumer education and to help educate the consumers of tomorrow.

In an increasingly globalised world, awareness regarding your rights as a consumer is crucial to ensure protection, confidence and social responsibility while consuming. Given the fast development of the Internet, social media and online networks, teenagers are the most likely to suffer this lack of awareness.

Consumer Classroom provides a means for teachers to learn about consumer education themselves and to pass this invaluable information onto their students through cross curricular projects. This website will help teachers to give their students everyday examples of how to be a better consumer through interactive and engaging lessons.

Ready to start learning about and teaching consumer education? Click here to sign up

Why Teach Consumer Education?

We live in a consumer society. Consumption is an important part of our everyday life and uses up a significant proportion of our money and of our time.

Yet, for some, the term Consumer Education has a negative overtone – encouraging people to consume more. To the contrary, Consumer Education is about promoting an understanding of the structures and systems within the market. Evidence suggests that many adults are not only unaware of how their individual consumer habits can affect the economy, the environment and society, but that many are also inadequately equipped to participate effectively in the market place. Consumer Education provides the insight necessary to develop citizens into responsible and intelligent acting consumers.

Educated consumers make better choices and because of their higher expectations, there is a positive effect on competitiveness as companies improve their products and services (Fair Trading, Issue 19, 1998, p.25).

Investing in our Future

Teaching consumer education is investing in our future: it means protecting, giving confidence and enhancing the accountability of tomorrow’s consumers. The numerous consumer education themes can be tackled in almost all traditional teaching subjects and curricula. Consequently, teachers are definitely the most suitable to provide consumer education and to help educate the consumers of tomorrow.

In an increasingly globalised world, awareness regarding your rights as a consumer is crucial to ensure protection, confidence and social responsibility while consuming. Given the fast development of the Internet, social media and online networks, teenagers are the most likely to suffer this lack of awareness.

Consumer Classroom provides a means for teachers to learn about consumer education themselves and to pass this invaluable information onto their students through cross curricular projects. This website will help teachers to give their students everyday examples of how to be a better consumer through interactive and engaging lessons.

Ready to start learning about and teaching consumer education? Click here to sign up

 

The Consumer Classroom website aims to promote consumer education and in particular to encourage its teaching in European secondary schools. It is a multilingual pan European website financed by the European Commission.

Project Funding

The Consumer Classroom is an EU funded portal site for teachers across the EU to equip them with resources for teaching consumer education

What is Consumer Classroom?

Consumer Classroom is a community website for teachers bringing together an extensive library of consumer education resources from across the EU, along with interactive and collaborative tools to help prepare and share lessons with students and other teachers.

The website is EU funded and aims to stimulate consumer education in secondary schools.

Who is it for?

Consumer Classroom is aimed at teachers of 12-18 year old students throughout the EU.

Why Consumer Classroom?

  • Empower your students with the practical consumer skills they need for real life
  • Prepare engaging and interactive lessons around interesting consumer topics
  • Access high quality teaching resources from across the EU, all in one place
  • Collaborate with other teachers through an EU wide community
  • Set up Inter-School projects and competitions to engage your students
  • Expand your knowledge of consumer education

What is on the website?

Consumer Classroom has a number of time saving features and tools including:

  • Interactive lesson builder
  • ‘My Class’ area to share lessons with students
  • Inter-School projects & competitions
  • EU forum allowing exchange of views, sharing of consumer education news and experience between peers across the EU
  • Knowledge building materials for teachers

 

The website’s strength lies in the quality of its teacher resources and its collaborative tools such as the Lesson Builder , Forums and Live Chat. It is suitable for teachers of students aged 12-18 but open to anyone willing to contribute. The website has been developed to make it easy for teachers to learn about consumer topics, create or choose ready-made lessons to teach their students and collaborate online with other teachers and classrooms around Europe.

Taking full advantage of the latest web technologies and community based internet usage, Consumer Classroom provides ready-to-use teaching resources on a wide range of consumer education themes, from sustainable and responsible consumption to financial literacy , amongst others.

Consumer Classroom also invites teachers to become part of a dynamic web community of teachers throughout Europe and beyond. It helps them to share with their students, encourages inter-school multi-disciplinary projects and also offers teachers the opportunity to become a consumer education expert on the website.

Consumer Classroom’s ambition is to become the authoritative voice of consumer education online in order to help improve the awareness of teenagers, empowering our future consumers at both a National and European level.

The Consumer Classroom website aims to promote consumer education and in particular to encourage its teaching in European secondary schools. It is a multilingual pan European website financed by the European Commission.

Project Funding

The Consumer Classroom is an EU funded portal site for teachers across the EU to equip them with resources for teaching consumer education

What is Consumer Classroom?

Consumer Classroom is a community website for teachers bringing together an extensive library of consumer education resources from across the EU, along with interactive and collaborative tools to help prepare and share lessons with students and other teachers.

The website is EU funded and aims to stimulate consumer education in secondary schools.

Who is it for?

Consumer Classroom is aimed at teachers of 12-18 year old students throughout the EU.

Why Consumer Classroom?

  • Empower your students with the practical consumer skills they need for real life
  • Prepare engaging and interactive lessons around interesting consumer topics
  • Access high quality teaching resources from across the EU, all in one place
  • Collaborate with other teachers through an EU wide community
  • Set up Inter-School projects and competitions to engage your students
  • Expand your knowledge of consumer education

 

What is on the website?

Consumer Classroom has a number of time saving features and tools including:

  • Interactive lesson builder
  • ‘My Class’ area to share lessons with students
  • Inter-School projects & competitions
  • EU forum allowing exchange of views, sharing of consumer education news and experience between peers across the EU
  • Knowledge building materials for teachers

The website’s strength lies in the quality of its teacher resources and its collaborative tools such as the Lesson Builder  , Forums and Live Chat. It is suitable for teachers of students aged 12-18 but open to anyone willing to contribute. The website has been developed to make it easy for teachers to learn about consumer topics, create or choose ready-made lessons to teach their students and collaborate online with other teachers and classrooms around Europe.

Taking full advantage of the latest web technologies and community based internet usage, Consumer Classroom provides ready-to-use teaching resources on a wide range of consumer education themes, from sustainable and responsible consumption to financial literacy , amongst others.

Consumer Classroom also invites teachers to become part of a dynamic web community of teachers throughout Europe and beyond. It helps them to share with their students, encourages inter-school multi-disciplinary projects and also offers teachers the opportunity to become a consumer education expert on the website.

Consumer Classroom’s ambition is to become the authoritative voice of consumer education online in order to help improve the awareness of teenagers, empowering our future consumers at both a National and European level.