French High School Students to Get Bitcoin Introductory Classes

November 4, 2019 13:59 UTC
  • The French Ministry of National Education amended its syllabus to incorporate cryptocurrencies and bitcoin.
  • Students will learn about the functions of bitcoin.
  • While this will be covered as a supplementary topic, it might help spark the interest of students.

The European Union (EU) appears to have a neutral stance on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The region’s parliament has no specific legislation on cryptocurrencies. In addition, digital assets are considered legal among member countries.

For instance, Germany does not impose capital gains tax on bitcoin sales if the cryptocurrency is held for more than a year. In the United Kingdom, the number one cryptocurrency is considered a foreign currency. In Finland, regulations are a bit stricter. Trading exchanges and wallet providers are required by law to register with the Financial Supervisory Authority and meet the department’s provisions.

While other member states figure out how to handle virtual assets, France is already preparing the next generation of its workforce. The country recently made changes to its curriculum. Its high school students will start learning about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

The French Ministry of National Education Made Amendments to Cover Cryptocurrencies

As of June 2019, the syllabus of Economics and Social Sciences course includes bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The digital assets will be covered as teachers educate students on the topic of what are currencies and how are they created. One of the topic’s objectives is to help students learn the functions and forms of money.

Bitcoin mentioned in the high school curriculum of French students. | Source: French Ministry of National Education

This is where bitcoin comes in. The cryptocurrency will help French high school students understand the link between money and trust. In addition, the syllabus mentions how bitcoin will help students understand the relationship between trust and money and how it’s evolving.

While pondering on the changing connection between money and trust, students are expected to answer the following questions:

  • Can bitcoin replace the euro?
  • Is bitcoin the currency of the future?
  • Do you have trust in your currency?
  • Is bitcoin a currency like others?

On top of these questions, students should be able to identify the functions of currency and how they apply to bitcoin. Lastly, students must be able to argue the difference between the euro and bitcoin from the point of view of trust.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency to Function as a Supplementary Topic

Before crypto enthusiasts celebrate, it is important to note that the number one crypto will only be discussed to help achieve the objectives of the course. In short, French high school students will not delve into the inner workings of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

On the contrary, it is very likely that bitcoin will be ostracized. That’s because one of the course’s objectives is to understand the role of central banking in the process of creating money. Without the backing of a central bank, bitcoin may be deemed untrustworthy by students and teachers.

Nevertheless, the fact that high school students are getting exposed to cryptocurrencies is promising. Students who actually do research on the number one crypto and the current monetary system will likely fall into a rabbit hole.

The bitcoin rabbit hole. | Source: Twitter

Most of us who appreciate bitcoin and see its potential do so because we did our own research. Only time will tell if French high school students follow the same path.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

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