I agree with post 3. I think it is important for all students to experience some type of finance course. An brief introduction to business practices might be interesting and helpful, but I don't think students should be forced to take a course focused solely on business. While it is important for students to understand the basics of how businesses work and the politics behind them, a brief introduction is really all that is necessary unless the student shows a particular interest in learning more. A class on personal finance might be more appropriate. Many high schools do offer personal financing classes and some force students to take such a course. In this economy, learning how to manage money and other resources is essential.
Depending on the subject of the business class, I think these types of classes can be very interesting and useful to high school students. Accounting classes reinforce math skills and teach logical process. Even if they never go into accounting, they will be better thinkers for having taken the class. A class in marketing will ultimately make them more savvy consumers because they will have thought about what marketers to do entice buyers. A class in record keeping could actually be a trade/skill that they could be hired from in a small business office. Many of these classes may be an interesting entry into the larger world of business.
I'll go with Post 3 and argue that personal finance courses should be mandatory but business classes should not be. A business class in high school is often wasted because even those who may one day be interested in business are too young to really get much out of the course. It is better to save that sort of thing for later when students will be better able to see the connections between the class and something they might actually do for a living.
I never took any business classes in school or college, and so now my understanding of business practices and norms are based entirely on what I pick up from reading and listening. I think at least an introduction to business would be a good idea, if only to make sure people have some sort of base understanding of the topic. People today make broad, sweeping statements about business without really knowing any facts -- I include myself in that!
I would make a distinction between "business classes" and "personal finance classes." I'm not sure everyone should take business per se - some students will see this as a possible career introduction, others will find it deadly dull. I think all students should be required to receive education in personal financial awareness and management. It is becoming more important all the time for all of us to be able to understand what is happening to our money and how to go about making intelligent decisions regarding the investments that will (hopefully) support us in the future.
I think it is good for kids to take business classes when they can. They will see what is involved in business, and realize that it can be fun. They can also learn about money, and that is something they need to know because they will be spending it.
Well the first year you can take a 'business class' the class is called introduction to business and covers personal finance as well as other units.