A recent survey conducted by the educational platform Study.com revealed that 64% of parents in the US believe that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology should be an integral part of the compulsory curriculum. Parents are somewhat less supportive of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), as only 25% of respondents said they should be included in school programs.
The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, is also a proponent of such educational proposals. Last year, he called cryptocurrencies “a new way to pay for goods and services around the world,” and as such, students should learn about them and study their underlying technology.
Crypto education should start in school
Almost two-thirds of the 800 American parents surveyed said that cryptocurrencies should be taught in schools. 40% of participants believe that their children should also study blockchain technology, while 35% believe that Metaverse should be included in the educational program.
24% of parents believe that crypto education should start in high school, while 19% believe that elementary school is more appropriate. 28% of respondents believe that the study of digital assets is more important than design, and 26% said that subjects such as architecture and art history should be replaced and instead introduce subjects that teach about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
Interestingly, 68% of parents admitted to investing in cryptocurrencies. Study.com also surveyed part of the high school graduates. 67% of them think that cryptocurrencies should be a subject in school, while 36% of the surveyed graduates said that blockchain technology should be added to the list of subjects.
“Like the parents we surveyed, most college grads had crypto investments and believed cryptocurrency should be part of a student’s education. Over one-third of graduates also thought schools should incorporate the Metaverse and blockchain into the curriculum.
They were somewhat more on the fence about NFTs, though,” the company stated. It is also worth mentioning that the vast majority of graduates, as many as 86% of them, believe that formal knowledge about new currencies and technological innovations is more important than a university degree.
The idea of Eric Adams, the mayor of New York
Not long after being named the new mayor of New York City, Eric Adams promised to turn the Big Apple into a cryptocurrency and blockchain hub. He also opined that US authorities should encourage local schools to introduce subjects that will allow younger generations to study the benefits of the digital asset sector.
“We must open our schools to teach the technology, to teach this new way of thinking when it comes down to paying for goods and services”.