Foundation Gives Free Resources Based on Walter Cronkite Principles
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Financial literacy month ends on May 1. But you still have time to change your own spending habits—and shape your kids' spending habits, for life, the FoolProof Foundation says.
FoolProof was founded with the strong support of legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite—for decades known as the most trusted man in America. "Cronkite's belief in the power of skepticism when making decisions drives our Foundation's work," says Foundation Director Will deHoo.
Here's how to put Cronkite's skepticism to work for you and your kids.
For yourself: the Foundation's free "Impulse Buying" tutorial gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way advertisers and marketers manipulate you to spend without thinking.
"Did you know that the average person throws away a half-million dollars over their lifetime because of impulse buying?" says Will deHoo. "Our interactive website lets you calculate how much you personally are throwing away, and gives you the tools to stop that waste."
For your high school and college-age kids: "FoolProof Solo" allows your kids to work at their own pace thru no-nonsense advice on 22 topics: "Sucker Punch" lays bare the dangers of credit cards. "Only idiots blindly believe advertising" is Solo's message about advertising.
For teachers, a free curriculum for middle and high school students already has millions of page views: FoolProof offers all teachers a free, 22-hour, turnkey financial literacy curriculum. 5000 teachers are using this curriculum right now, and kids made over 24 million page views in 2014.
Major skeptic of financial literacy isn't skeptical about FoolProof. "If effective financial education is possible, it will only be education provided by independent consumer self-defense programs like FoolProof," says Lauren Willis, author of Against Financial Literacy Education and The Financial Education Fallacy.
"Why not see if Professor Willis is right?" asks the Foundation's president. "Be skeptical of our advice. If you are, we think you'll become a believer in FoolProof, too."
Consumer resources for adults: www.FoolProofMe.com
The Walter Cronkite Project: www.CronkiteProject.org
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