Archive for Monday, January 26, 2009

A.G.’s office to offer lessons on real-life economics

The attorney general's office is launching a new program to educate high school students on economic issues.

January 26, 2009


High school course

Information about the workshops and registration forms can be found on the attorney general’s Web site, The workshops are free. Six’s office has contacted high schools and parents across the state about the workshops and response has been good, he said. The registration deadline is Feb. 3.

When high school graduates go off to college they often aren’t prepared to handle a variety of consumer economics issues, according to Kansas Attorney General Steve Six.

That’s why his office will conduct two day-long consumer workshops for high school students in March during National Consumer Protection Week.

The first will be March 3 at Kansas University, and the second will be March 6 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

“The idea is to try to reach the high school kids and really raise the skill level all across the state on financial choices,” Six said.

One of the most troubling consumer issues for students involves contracts, such as those for phone service or a health club, Six said. Other problem areas involve basic finances and student loan and banking practices, he said. Students also need to know about their credit history, Internet scams and identity theft, Six said. Those topics will be covered during the workshops by several speakers.

“What we find is, we’re working now with students at KU that have gotten into some kind of a problem,” he said. “They’ve made a bad choice and they’re reaching out to the (attorney general office’s) consumer protection division to help them.”


Alison Carter 9 years, 4 months ago

BRAVO! to the AG. Thanks for writing this article, Mike Belt.Our young people deserve to know more about real life money matters.

KU_cynic 9 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps the AG's office could run some workshops for the governor and legislature, who have underfunded the KPERS pension plan for state employees and who are suspending contributions to state employee life and disability insurance reserve accounts as one of the short-term fixes for this year's budget mess.Gee, I wonder where young Kansans get the notion that they can forgo savings and spend without consequence?

rtwngr 9 years, 4 months ago

Hey, I have an idea, Six. Why don't you prosecute Tiller down there in Wichita for the crimes he has committed. Instead you do the Governor's bidding by squelching the prosecution of one of her largest campaign contributors. You're nothing but a partisan hack to whom the rule of law is a joke.

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure we all question government spending at all levels. In spite of that, I admire the AG for this program. There is so much to consider when going out one one's own and being better able to understand and use financial planning is a strong plus in the right direction. Maybe they can help break the cycle of gross overspending. We've been lured into thinking we can have anything we want only to find that the financial pool is drowning us. We can blame government up to a point but our own choices determine whether we sink or swim.

bondmen 9 years, 4 months ago

Isn't it about time to stop the government's excessive focus on consumption and how to make us all good little consumers and instead talk about how important saving is for the future? We've collectively loaned ourselves into a financial stupor and now it (the big pile of bad debt) must unwind. The only smart thing to do is begin saving - all future growth and job creation depends upon US saving. Everything the Federal Government is about to do will only delay the inevitable, run up the bad debt tab and impoverish the people who can least afford. When they're finished, the corrective adjustment that must by necessity take place will then be free to run its course.

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