Teacher thinks personal finance should be a compulsory course in all schools nationwide
GLEN DALE, W.Va. (WTRF) – Megan Pintus, a business teacher at John Marshall High School, says you’ll use history, math, and science in your life, but you’ll use Personal Finance every day of your life. life.
Currently, only seven states require children to take a personal finance course.
West Virginia is not one of those states. At John Marshall, it’s an optional class and Pintus says he prepares kids for what they’ll need as adults.
We cover everything from getting your first job to being able to calculate your paychecks to make sure your employers are paying you correctly, your taxes you owe, filing your taxes so you can hopefully the, get some of that money back, how to buy a house, how to buy a car, rent an apartment.
Megan Pintus, teacher
We’ve learned how to check our credit scores and file our taxes, manage student loan debt, get auto insurance and other types of insurance.
Josie Wharton, senior
How to apply for a mortgage, how loans work, and how to open a bank account.
Jacob Campolito, senior
One study showed that 80% of all high school students in West Virginia have access to a personal finance course, but only 10% participate.
Pintus said parents weren’t sure he was available, so they’re not urging their kids to sign up. She added that they need to raise awareness about this.