One critique of the public school system is its lack of real-life application. While the Pythagorean theorem has its place somewhere in life, we’re sure the practical use of such a formula pales in comparison to the ability to create a budget, complete a resume, or launch a business. Critics have long argued that while traditional school curriculums are great, adding more classes centered around life skills would help propel students further. NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland made this concept a reality by proposing a life skills course at the University of Pennsylvania. The college accepted the idea, and Life 101 was born.
Sep 7, 2022
New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland stepped from the field and into the classroom to teach students about financial literacy during the offseason. Copeland taught at his alma mater as a co-professor of a course called ‘Inequity and Empowerment, Urban Financial Literacy.’ He taught alongside Dr. Brian Peterson, the director of Penn’s Black Cultural Center. “I don’t care if you’re an engineering student, a nursing student, if you’re going to build rockets when you grow up or if you’re going to sweep floors. You’re going to have to use something in this class,” Copeland said to ESPN. Copeland got the idea for the class — which he’s nicknamed “Life 101” — years ago while scoping out real estate investments with some Detroit Lions teammates. He told ESPN that he’s not an expert in the finance field, but his savings and investing habits are something everyone can to aspire to. New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland Copeland saves and invests 90 percent of his income with the...
Mar 6, 2019