The Rich Cost Of Poor Mathematics Education

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America’s economy has been slowly crumbling before our very eyes. The nation has gone from a frivolous society to one of ever increasing frugality in the past decade alone. It has been said numerous times that the current generation of high school and college students may be compared to their predecessors who lived through the Great Depression. The focus on Algebra in high school is beneficial to a meager portion of the student population but, after college it is rarely used on the level in which it is taught. Although mathematics is essential learning material for any pupil, mandatory Consumer Economics classes would better suit graduates of this era by assisting in living in the real world, keeping their finances in order and preventing scholars from drowning in an increasing sea of debt.
Consumer economics is widely known now as just another Home Economics class. It is based mostly on the microeconomics within a family unit and the instruction of consumers in areas such as banking and financial planning. Classes like this were once a staple in American education and helped students learn how to manage their finances, live on a budget and balance a checkbook. Increasingly, many public high schools, including the one I graduated from, are cutting out classes like consumer economics on the basis that the math contained therein is not advanced enough and that students should be more on par with other countries who are excelling in math and sciences; Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry and Physics to be more precise. All in all, this sounds like a great idea, however, even while learning advanced mathematics the average student in the U.S.A. has somehow managed to graduate without knowing how to balance a checkbook, still needs help from their parents when buying a new car or, sadly, groceries. Little tidbits of information which are indispensable when it comes to moving out of mom and dad’s house and into a college dorm. With help from their parents more students are on their own without ever being truly independent and possessing the skills they need to stay above water in a dog-eat-dog economy.
Since so many students have graduated high school without this essential financial education instilled in them, their financial behaviors for life are kaput. Consumer economics enlightens on the aspects of keeping finances in order. For example, “Yes, Johnny, you do have enough money to buy that new video game but you also have to pay your cell phone bill this month.” This seems like a common sense situation but, shockingly, there are college drop-outs as well as graduates that have no impulse control and no sense of money and with neither of those they have simply been set up for...

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