Syllabus: "CPS Adding 'Financial Literacy' To Curriculum" - Sun-Times
Lesson 1: The Chicago Way 101. Everything is for sale. A historical perspective.
Lesson 2: Dealmaking. How to put yourself between transactions and slice off a little bit for yourself as a consultant, lawyer, adviser, or broker.
Lesson 3: Financial Security. When making a deal with a public official, make it look like a coincidence. Quid pro quo is a no-no.
Lesson 4: Definitions. A balanced budget is one that projects the rosiest of future revenues, not one that reflects reality. How it's done.
Lesson 5: Guest Speaker: Sam Zell on Leveraging Other People's Money.
Lesson 6: Hidden Fees. Secrets of the banking and financial industry.
Lesson 7: Tax Tricks. A study of the Obama Cabinet.
Lesson 8: Guest Speaker: Joey "the Clown" Lombardo on how to collect debts.
Lesson 9: Pyramid Schemes. How to make them work for you. (Please have your Olympic bid books read by the time we get to this one.)
Lesson 10: Minority Contracting Shams: Whitey can be your friend if you play your cards right.
Final Exam: Here is a calculator, the teacher's union contract, a list of patronage employees, the mayor's pet programs, and the CPS budget. Please balance it. You have 45 minutes.