Tax education should be mandatory


Tristan Sharma.

High school is supposed to be the place you learn how to be an adult, yet some don’t teach their students how to do basic tasks they need to know in order to live a successful life.

Mundane tasks like how to do your taxes or how to manage your money don’t see as much light as they should.

In a time when more than 81 percent of people think that students should take financial literacy coursework, schools should see this as a call to action and teach their students these valuable life skills.

Although in Kearsley’s political science and finance classes you get entry-level knowledge on how to manage money, classes rarely teach students how to do taxes.

Having something as important as how to do taxes or manage money be a possible subtopic of an optional class while topics like art are required seems outrageous.

I don’t know why it is seen as something your parents need to teach you when some parents have another person do their taxes for them.

You can’t say that you are training the youth to succeed while depriving them of the information they need.

Normally the arguments against teaching taxes are that children don’t find it that interesting. They don’t retain the information and doing your taxes isn’t that hard to pick up.

To say that all students don’t find the information interesting or that they won’t retain it is generalizing all children.

Sure, some students won’t listen and some wont retain the information but that can be said for every school subject.

To use that reason solely for subjects like doing taxes makes the reason seem more like an excuse rather than an actual purpose to not teach the subject.

Another reason given to avoid teaching taxes is that it “isn’t that hard.”

If the subject “isn’t that hard” then why are countless high school graduates complaining about not being able to do their taxes?

At this point, the high school system feels outdated as if it hasn’t been changed to educate the students on current topics.

The system needs to be changed soon to continue to produce competent citizens.