On this page you'll find an overview of the entire FoolProof curriculum.
The FoolProof lessons/modules not only teach your students basic money skills, but also the critical thinking skills your students need to safely navigate the free enterprise system.
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FoolProof is endorsed by the Consumer Federation of America, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the CARE Program.
Whether your students are in high school, in college, or already working, we have a FoolProof program specifically designed to fit their needs.
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our modular programs for young people.
Basic Personal Finance:
(Please scroll down for a full overview and core messages per module.)
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Core message: Your credit will rule your life.
Core message: You are the only person who determines your credit.
Core message: Smart consumers critically evaluate marketing and advertising messages rather than simply accepting them.
Core message: Checking accounts and savings accounts are indispensable, powerful, and potentially dangerous tools.
Core message: Detailed interactive checking account module that allows your students practical guided practice using a checking account to be used after Module # 4 Road Trip.
Core message: Use credit cards very wisely or you will be hurt.
Core message: Detailed interactive credit card module that reinforces the curriculum in Module 6, Sucker Punch!
Core Message: "Moving Out" immerses the student in the thought processes needed to make moving out a successful experience.
Core Message: "Home buying" looks at the reasons young people should understand the home buying process many years before they actually buy their first home. It teaches the skills necessary to prepare for the best and least- expensive home buying experience down the road.
Core Message: "Gambling" presents a detailed look at the societal costs and potential benefits of organized gambling.
Core Message: "Tax Me!" reviews the impact of taxes on our lives and explains to the student the responsibilities required of all taxpayers.
Core message: "Giving Versus Getting" illustrates the value of giving back to the community, demonstrates the role of charities and not-for-profits, and teaches the student how to responsibly become a contributor to charitable causes and organizations.
Core Message: "Who Needs Money?" focuses in great detail on the enormous impact of even a minimal college education on the lifetime income of any young person.
Core Message: What is insurance, why do we at times need it, and how do we find the best insurance at the lowest cost?
Core message: "Broke!" explores the causes and consequences of bankruptcy. It explores in detail the alternatives to bankruptcy, and discusses the different types of bankruptcy remedies available to a consumer.
Core message: An investment account can put your money to work for you while you do other things like sleep, and right now is the time to start that account.
Note: this module is designed to be done directly after Investment, Module 17.
Core message: You are responsible for making sure you have funds to lead an independent life when you retire.