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Counting cash is part of the Learning Experience for Children





As a teacher, I recall doing the same in key skills lessons, tutor time and even foreign language lessons and utilising pretend coins and notes — both domestic and foreign, before moving on to cheques, cards, hire purchase and mortgages.

However, a growing trend towards a cashless society and the pandemic supercharging the increase in contactless payment only signs, have become common at checkout tills.

Studies have shown, children form their money habits as early as seven years old, as their gaze fixates on watching parents and others make monetary transactions.

But what happens when physical cash cannot be used?

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.










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