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West High students learn financial skills

Westminster program teaches how to make and manage money

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  • Frank
    Feb. 5, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    I wish they offered these courses when I was in school. Theres a lot of important aspects of life I had to learn on my own, and a lot of people are still learning.

    I work at a credit union and it amazes me that the MAJORITY of people who come in don't even understand the basics of a check, let alone saving/spending and investment.

  • Could you....
    Feb. 3, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    also tell not to buy silly computer games? Spend their money on worthwhile things like bus tickets etc.......LOL!!

  • SLC gal
    Feb. 2, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    Here's a suggestion - Teach them about credit cards! They will run into that looonnnggg before they buy their first stock!

  • Put in public education
    Feb. 2, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    By the time these students have left high school it is too late to be of much help. But some is better than nothing. Personal finance should be required in all high schools along with the basic math learning skills. Business has been too long trying to keep this kind of education out of education, it gives them a lot of consumers ripe for the plucking and draining them financially. By the time a student leaves high school they should have a good understanding of the financial system and how it covertly strips them of their earnings. The stock market is never a friend or friendly and should never be attempted unless you plan to lose whatever you invest. They are just as bad as the slot machines in Nevada, win little and lose a lot. Then record keeping is the biggest and hardest part of stock market gambling. This day and age personal finance courses should be required for high school students. Students and many consumers have been tricked and misinformed about how and what to ask about in their personal dealings with corporate america.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 31, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    It's about time they teach kids about finances. They should stress how important it is to avoid getting caught in the credit card trap.