The Value of Commerce Education
Points to I would discuss with the mother and son:
The Commerce subject falls under the Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE) learning area of the Curriculum and Standards Framework (CSF). "SOSE is a study of human progress and how people have organized themselves into societies over time, and how they have interacted with their physical environments" (CSF). I believe the knowledge students gain from exploring these issues is invaluable because helps them to better understand the world they live in. It also encourages students to understand the values that strengthen Australian society; which is one of the goals of Civics and Citizenship education.
In Victoria, Civics and Citizenship crosses the curriculum from prep to year 10 and is linked to the eight key learning areas. It has a particular focus in SOSE disciplines such as history, geography, economy and society, commerce, legal studies and political studies.
It covers important values "including tolerance and mutual respect, and a knowledge of the development and functioning of Australia's political, legal, electoral and judicial systems" (CSF).
"The SOSE component of the CSF makes a firm commitment to the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop informed Australian citizens" (Discovering Democracy). In years 7 to 10 the CSF outline for SOSE comprises the strands of History, Geography and also Economy and society, which is what the schools Commerce subject is based on.
"The Economy and society strand introduces students to the structure and management of the economy and its resources, the world of work and business, and Australia's political and legal systems. It promotes the development of enterprise skills and attributes, and draws on past and contemporary issues and a range of perspectives, particularly those related to the future and technology" (CSF).