Business Mathematics as a Mandatory High School Class

Throughout our careers in school, we are taught to think and do things a certain way; expectations are expected of us and everyone believes we all will go on to do great things. Mathematics helped improve my logic skills, English improved my speech, writing and creative side, history gave me a sense of understanding of the past to understand the future, and economics and government gave me the information to make my own decisions, but there are classes that I don’t find completely necessary. Pupils interested in geometry, should, by all means, take the course, but certain classes are definitely not fit for every single person out there. Are our destinations and goals in life already predetermined by the education system?

Now that I am out of high school, I’m able to completely control my career path and how I choose to get to my goals and destinations. From this perspective, I have thought of my four years in high school and what I really accomplished. I learned my strengths and weaknesses, but after much thought, I’ve decided that some courses were not completely necessary for the path that I chose to take.

During my third year in high school, I enrolled in business mathematics, since it was a more practical course. I was introduced to taxes, currency control, closing costs, principal, interest, checking accounts, savings accounts, stocks, bonds and the way the economy really works. Before taking the course, I didn’t have the slightest idea about how a bank operated, how to purchase my first home, how to manage a credit card and how I could invest my money without spending a great deal of it or taking a large risk.

I committed to a marriage a few short months after I graduated from high school, and my husband and I bought our first home only four months after we married. I am thankful that I made the decision to attend a course that would prepare me for my future. I am able to handle my finances without the obstacle of not understanding how the closing costs, annual percentage rates and principle are applied to my home and other material possessions. I can easily handle my finances thanks to my high school business mathematics class.

Many young adults venture into the world without a real understanding of how the economy operates. They would struggle less with finances if they had a better understanding of purchasing decisions or taxes. Business mathematics is an important part of life, and should be mandatory for pupils in high school to better prepare them for their future.