The School Secondary School Curriculum

1846 Words Oct 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Teaching students to invest is investing in the future

Train A and train B are traveling on parallel tracks, going in the same direction. Train A is going 60mph and train B is going 80mph. The reason this may seem familiar is because it is a homework problem that appears before many students as a critical thinking question, as if calculating train speeds will be relevant in students’ futures. Contrastingly, financial literacy homework is rarely taught directly to students in school, despite it being essential for present day survival. If managing money is more of a relevant skill than calculating train speeds, why is the latter mandatory to learn while the former is not? That being said, in order to prepare students for managing their future finances, the Ontario secondary school curriculum should be revised to introduce mandatory financial literacy courses throughout the school board. There is a lack of financially proficient secondary school students today, which is detrimental to their future; managing money is becoming increasingly relevant to students through their introduction to jobs, student loans and credit. Furthermore, money management education would provide students with knowledge to become aware of socio-political issues, and also make educated contributions to the economy and society. Some argue that teachers should not substitute for parents, who they believe should teach their children money management. On the other hand, managing money is something more…
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