By Matthew Eng
We learn lots of things in high school: religion, politics, quadratic functions, poetry, and so much more. However, one essential topic that we almost never touch on, is personal finances. Yes, we learn all about markets, the invisible hand, and the economy in general in Econ, but we don’t really learn much about how to manage our own finances. Things like budgeting, credit, and taxes are not primary focuses in Econ.
This is what d.tech juniors, Renato Flores and Sophia Pena, are attempting to address through “How to Adult!”, a two-week intersession class that teaches just that. Flores says the goal for the class is to “prepare myself and everybody else who’s going to be a legal adult soon to not crash and burn after high school.” He says that “prior to studying what I’m going to put in the actual curriculum, I was destined to crash and burn, because I know nothing about how to pay taxes or buy a car.” Flores says he has wanted something akin to this at d.tech for a while now, stating that “every year since 9th grade on the [intersession feedback form]…at the bottom where it said ‘What would you like to see in the future?,’ I would always put “financial literacy class” and there’s never been [one].” Until now.
The class is all about everything you need to know about managing your finances after high school. It will cover managing your credit, budgeting, investing, careers, taxes, and insurance, as well as other related topics. The class will be pulling its content from Next Gen Personal Finance, that, according to its website, is “a non-profit organization to connect educators with free resources and equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead financially successful and fulfilling lives.” Presently, the class does not yet have a set date, and is not ready to be rolled out. However, Flores looks forward to launching the class next year, so that he and his peers can be prepared for what comes after high school.