posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 02:08 PM
pshkwamy, I am so glad to hear that they offer those courses where you are! I can't speak for everywhere but I know the high schools, in our area of
Ontario Canada, unfortunately don't offer them, or anything even remotely like them.
As AccessDenied stated, courses like trig, whilst great if you're going to become a mathematician, scientist or astronaut, don't help out in a lot
of real world situations for the average person. The city we live in is predominantly a blue collar, labor oriented place. Lots of factory type
jobs. Some of the courses they offer at my son's high school, for example, have no bearing, and would offer no benefit for someone entering that
type of workplace.
I will say that recently they have added some optional courses for more trade oriented careers...but I still think some sort of very standard
financial/budgetting courses will benefit a large portion of the school regardless of what future career they choose.
Not all, but the majority of my circle of friends are/were stuck in the same boat as us. Not having been taught how to save, or spend properly. Some
of us due to following in the footsteps of parents who also didn't know how to do this....and some of us just because we didn't think of the future,
just the here and now.
I dont' know for sure if I'd be in a better situation now had my own parents had better financial skills that they passed on to us. But I have to
think of all the money I could have saved over the years, or the purchases I could have done without, and the amount is overwhelming! Of course I'm
an adult, and a parent, and the blame definitely lies with me...not trying to pass the buck so to speak. But, even with my parents being unable to
teach me how to do it, if I'd had the opportunity in those teenage years to participate in a class teaching me basic budgetting fundamentals, it
would have opened my eyes to a lot of things, and possibly saved me from getting 'owned' by the bank.
Edit to add: The reason that prompted me to make this post in the first place is because my husband has been offered a new job recently. It is a far
better, safer, more financially sound career than the one he is currently in. Sounds great right? Unfortunately, for at least the first year or two
he'll be facing a substantial pay cut from what he earns now. It's looking like he'll have to turn the job down due to the amount of expenses we
have and that just really sucks...for him, and for our family.
[edit on 16-3-2008 by Michelle129]