According to the National Council for Economic Education State report of 2009 (the most recent release,) 21 states out of 50 require economics for high school graduation and only 19 of those 21 require competency testing.
Economic literacy is not one of America's strong points at this juncture, so if states legislatures required and focused on a strong K-12 economic curriculum, would it not make sense that there might be some "trickle up" results? The economy today "is not your father's economy." According to the Council, 13 states do require personal finance either as a stand alone requirement or in conjunction with an economics course.
Doesn't it make you ponder if the NIJA's would have known better than to even venture into the housing market had they been exposed to the cost/benefit analysis for non-rational thinking. Perhaps the unintended consequences that they experienced along with many mortgage companies could have been reduced if not eliminated.