Now this is eminently sensible. In addition to teaching about English, maths and science, the National Curriculum will teach them to handle money. BBC News story:
Lessons in money for school children
School children are about to start learning how to deal with debt, save for retirement and even what constitutes ethical investment - all as part of the national curriculum. Students will be encouraged to debate hot personal finance topics as well as complete money-related exercises. The aim is to turn pupils into informed and critical users of financial services. But now personal finance lessons will play a key part in the Government's new citizenship course.
I got taught some of this as a child, managing my pocket money down to the penny, but I still knew nothing about mortgages until this year, walking into the loan officer's office and saying "we know nothing, explain everything in simple terms."