The Tanvee Patankar talk advocates for adding mandatory classes to high school curricula in life management and financial literacy. Currently a freshman in high school, the speaker references her personal experience in picking secondary school courses the year before. Speaking at a TEDxYouth event in her home state of Indiana, the Stevenson High School pupil presents at a skill level well beyond her age.
For two years the speaker has been active in her efforts to have personal finance education taught in schools; her passion is evident in the Tanvee Patankar talk. A member of her school's TED-Ed club, she first reached out to her fellow club members asking the question "Why don't schools teach our youth how to properly manage their finances?"