GLEN DALE, W.Va. (WTRF) – Megan Pintus, economics teacher at John Marshall High School, says you will use History, Maths and Science in your life, but you will use Personal Finance every day of your life.
Currently, only seven provinces require children to take a personal finance course.
West Virginia is not one of those states. For John Marshall, it’s optional and Pintus says it prepares children for what they will need as adults.
We cover everything from getting your first job to being able to calculate your pay check to making sure your employers pay you correctly, your taxes you have to pay, filing your taxes so you can hope to get some of that money back, like buying a house, buying a car, renting an apartment.
We learned how to check our credit scores and how to file our taxes, manage student loan debt, how to get car insurance and other types of insurance.
How to apply for a mortgage, how loans work and how to open a bank account.
One study showed that 80% of all West Virginia high school students have access to a personal finance course, but only 10% receive it.
Pintus said parents don’t know it’s available, so they don’t invite their children to register. He added that they need to raise awareness about it.